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    Barking to Gospel Oak Railway line

    This is being electrified so is opportunity to travel on diesel powered trains before replacement with electric next year. Line closed weekends.

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    I used this line in the 1980's. It was a run down line with unreliable class 117 diesels operating a half hourly service. The intermediate stations were all unmanned and lacked any information about delays or cancellations. No PA system. It was a 3 minute walk to the nearest telephone box to let my wife know I would be late (no mobiles) and one would often hear a delayed train arriving! Thankfully its a 15 minute service now with shelters, arrivals boards, PA, shelters and an "emergency" phone. The new 4 car electric trains will help alleviate overcrowding but I am surprised TFL did not opt for the standard 5 car overground trains as I fear in a few years overcrowding at rush hour will be an issue again. Well worth taking a ride on this line. There is a well known American burger chain restaurant at Haringey Green Lanes station for those desirous of refreshment and a short stroll only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fwipperie View Post
    This is being electrified so is opportunity to travel on diesel powered trains before replacement with electric next year. Line closed weekends.
    Forgive my random reply but thought I'd share this: As someone who is mildly dyslexic and ASD I immediately interpreted this wrongly as "Dogs barking to gospel singers line" talk about taking things literally. Obviously I quickly figured out what you were talking about but I often have difficulties reading and interpreting headlines as they could be anything. Proof that a good sense of humour is always useful!!!
    Formerly RaspberryRipple aka Rasy

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrippledLassie View Post
    Forgive my random reply but thought I'd share this: As someone who is mildly dyslexic and ASD I immediately interpreted this wrongly as "Dogs barking to gospel singers line" talk about taking things literally. Obviously I quickly figured out what you were talking about but I often have difficulties reading and interpreting headlines as they could be anything. Proof that a good sense of humour is always useful!!!
    A good sense of humour is a useful attribute and, it seems, a necessity, when travelling on this line in days gone by.

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    This line is expected to close for a month, perhaps in August for remaining electrification work and to put right some problems where wrong equipment put in.

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