Capital Syphons 

Following 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


Programme Fact File

Introduction: Neil Rice 
First Published: 1997
Route Featured: Clapham - Temple Mills via Willesden and Cricklewood
Class Featured: 37.
Availability: Now

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Other Locomaster Profiles Programmes featuring Class 37  motive power: 
Class 37 Power, Silver Bullet Syphons, Unplugged, Heavy Metal, Double O, Power Hour, The Long Short Drag and the Traction Series.

Other Locomaster Profiles Programmes featuring a similar route:
Capital Crompton.

 

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