the 6-month closure of the North London line in the summer of 1996, all
freight traffic booked over the route was temporarily diverted. This
provided the opportunity to produce a companion programme to ‘Capital Crompton’, featuring the same train but over a different route. This
time, traction for the 7L07 Hoo Junction-Temple Mills is provided by
37274 & 37371.
We pick up the journey at Pouparts Junction, from where the train
takes a completely new, but equally fascinating route. After tackling
the short climb to Clapham Junction, the 37s negotiate the maze of
trackwork to gain access to the Windsor Lines. At Barnes it turns right
and heads for Chiswick, before diverging
from the Hounslow Loop at New Kew Junction. It briefly joins the North
London Line at South Acton which it takes as far as Acton Wells
Junction. The train then traverses the four mile freight-only line to
Cricklewood where it turns right and runs along the Midland Main Line as
far as Carlton Road Junction. Here, the 7L07
takes the freight-only connecting chord to Junction Road Junction before
continuing through Upper Holloway, Harringay and South Tottenham. There’s
a final burst of power from the 37s across the Walthamstow Marshes, before they
slow for the northern approach to Temple Mills.
Arrival in the yard concludes a fascinating 26-mile journey over six
freight-only sections and 17 junctions with plenty of semaphore signals!
"An educational and most enjoyable
production." TRACTION Magazine