London Overground—Part 2

 

 

More Views London’s Overground Network

Yesterday’s post (London Overground–Part 1 posted April 27, 2013) offered a cursory survey of London’s Overground network. Here I’ve posted a follow up with more images.

London Overground Train.
London Overground Train. Exposed with a Lumix LX3.
London Overground.
Overground train approaches Brondesbury on April 19, 2013. Lumix LX3 photo.

Since Overground primarily serves neighborhoods in London’s outer reaches and is a much more recent addition to London Transport, it is undoubtedly less-familiar to visitors than the Underground. Yet, Overground is a boon for the railway enthusiast, since it connects a variety of interesting railway hubs and junctions.

 

London Overground with canal.
Overground crossing the Regents Canal at Haggerston on April 17, 2013. Lumix LX3 photo.
Train interior.
Interior of London Overground train on April 21, 2013. Lumix LX3 photo.

Overground services are fully integrated with other elements of London Transport, and there are many places allowing cross platform transfers to Underground and Network Rail services, as well as connections to buses and the Docklands Light Railway. Overground is open to holders of Day Travel Cards, Oyster Cards and other urban fares.

Class 59.
An EMD-built Class 59 diesel leads an empty stone train through Kensington-Olympia station on April 19, 2013. The Overground offers a convenient link to freight routes. Exposed with a Canon EOS 7D and 28-135mm lens.
London Overground.
London Overground train approaches West Hempstead station on April 19, 2013. Canon EOS 7D with 28-135mm lens set at 135mm.
London Overground train at Clapham Junction. Lumix LX3 photo.
London Overground train at Clapham Junction. Lumix LX3 photo.

On the down side, many Overground stations suffer from austere, utilitarian, and otherwise uninspired architecture (if the term can be applied to the line’s platforms and shelters). Yet, I found the services well run, and stations and trains clean and easy places to make photographs.

An EWS Class 66 diesel leads a northward container train through the Overground station at Wandsworth Road on April 22, 2013. Canon EOS 7D photo.
An EWS Class 66 diesel leads a northward container train through the Overground station at Wandsworth Road on April 22, 2013. Canon EOS 7D photo.
Wandsworh Road on April 22, 2013. Lumix LX3 photo.
Wandsworh Road on April 22, 2013. Lumix LX3 photo.

 

Mirror-view of London Overground.
A platform mirror catches a view of an Overground train at Willesden Junction on April 19, 2013. Lumix LX-3 photo.
Hoxton Station
Hoxton Station on London’s Overground. Lumix LX3.
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