378232, temporarily drafted in by TfL to supplement the London Overground GOBLIN service while waiting for the much delayed class 710 EMUs, departing from Wanstead Park station, on 13th February 2019. I alighted here after boarding the train at Crouch Hill; having known this line for more than half a century and only ever travelled on it in diesel units, my first ride on an electric train had a slightly dream-like feel to it. However, 378232 made light work of the steep incline east of Walthamstow Queen's Road station, the 172 diesel units always seem to require a great deal of effort. The only drawback is that on the 378s we have to travel sideways and sit on those paving stones that pass for the seats; on the 172s you can sit facing direction of travel, the seats were reasonably comfortable AND they related to the windows, too.
Location: Wanstead Park
Original line: Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway
Photographer: David Bosher
Contact photographer: David Bosher
Image number: 67687