In my photo of Crouch Hill station (Image number 67407) on the GOBLIN section of the London Overground, I stated that as of January 2019 us north Londoners were still waiting for our electric trains despite being promised them over a year earlier and then no later than December 2018. It is now February 2019 and electric trains are finally running but NOT with the bright new class 710 EMU's and NOT fulfilling the line's full service. There is still no confirmed date of when they will start operating on this route but, in the meantime and to avoid a total shutdown of the GOBLIN, TfL has drafted in some class 378s that have been used on the rest of the already electrified LO network since 2010. However, only three sets are to be used running alongside the class 172 units of which two have already been taken out of service for refurbishment ahead of their transfer to West Midlands Trains. If the 378s do not cover all the gaps in the GOBLIN service, there will be further reductions. A reduced service is currently already operating at weekends. At 12.11 on Wednesday, 13th February 2019, 378 232 arrives at Crouch Hill station with a Gospel Oak to Barking service.
Location: Crouch Hill
Original line: Tottenham and Hampstead Junction Railway
Photographer: David Bosher
Contact photographer: David Bosher
Image number: 67593