East London Line :: Shared Description

Between 1933 and 2007 the East London Line of the London Underground was a self-contained section of the Metropolitan Line. It ran between Shoreditch in the City and New Cross and New Cross Gate in south London with an interchange at Whitechapel. I recall travelling in the 1960s on the run-down, shabby line with a deep sense of unease.

Formerly the East London Railway it had opened in 1869, making use of the twin-bore Thames Tunnel built by the Brunels, father and son, between 1825 and 1843 for horse-drawn carriages between Wapping and Rotherhithe. As the East London Line it served workers at both London Docks and Surrey Docks.

Since 2010 Transport for London has realised the full potential of the line by extending it over existing tracks, plus a bridge or two, north to Highbury & Islington and south to Clapham Junction, West Croydon and Crystal Palace, connecting with other rail services. It has become a busy and vital section of the London Overground. The new station at Canada Water has an important interchange with the London Underground's Jubilee Line.

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by Robin Stott
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16 images use this description:

TQ3480 : Thames Tunnel vent shaft E022-V134, Shadwell by Robin Stott
TQ3580 : Balustrade detail, stairs, Wapping Overground station, London by Robin Stott
TQ3677 : East London Line train at New Cross Gate  1970 by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ3480 : North on Shadwell Overground station by Robin Stott
TQ3480 : Section of northbound platform, Shadwell Overground station by Robin Stott
TQ3480 : North end of Dellow Street, Shadwell by Robin Stott
TQ3480 : Northwest on Wapping Dock Street, Wapping by Robin Stott
TQ3677 : New Cross Station  1970 by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ3480 : Squeezing out of Cornwall Street, Shadwell by Robin Stott
TQ3481 : Whitechapel Underground Station, London by Robin Stott
TQ3580 : Looking north-ish, Wapping Overground station, London by Robin Stott
TQ3580 : Tunnel under the Thames  the view south from Wapping Overground station, London by Robin Stott
TQ3580 : Stairs, Wapping Overground station by Robin Stott
TQ3481 : Whitechapel Station  1970 by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ3481 : Morris Street maisonettes seen from Watney Street, Shadwell by Robin Stott
TQ3580 : Gratings in the track, Wapping Overground station, London by Robin Stott


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Created: Wed, 7 Nov 2018, Updated: Mon, 12 Nov 2018

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