All Change! Photographing trains and Clapham Junction and Vicinity—May 2016.

On my visit to London earlier this month, I called into Clapham Junction to visit with my friend Hassard Stacpoole who lives nearby.

Hassard brought me on a tour of the area to highlight the changes south of the Thames since my last visit.

London is a dynamic city. There are cranes and construction sites everywhere you look.

The area around Battersea Park is rapidly being transformed from an old industrial area to a modern residential community.

Using my FujiFilm X-T1 and Lumix LX7, I made these photos from our tour of the area.

Five car Overland trains now serve Clapham Junction.
Five car Overground trains now serve Clapham Junction.

My intention is to compare these images with similar views exposed years ago, as well as photos showing further change from my next visit.

FujiFilm X-T1 digital photograph at Clapham Junction.
FujiFilm X-T1 digital photograph at Clapham Junction.
Clapham Junction.
Clapham Junction.
Wandsworth Road looking toward Battersea Park. Construction now dominates this horizon.
Wandsworth Road looking toward Battersea Park. Construction now dominates this horizon.
The old Battersea Park Generating Station is being repurposed.
The old Battersea Park Generating Station is being repurposed.
Massive modern apartment blocks have sprung up around Battersea Park like mushrooms after the rain.
Massive modern apartment blocks have sprung up around Battersea Park like mushrooms after the rain.
Transportation changes are part of the story.
Transportation changes are part of the story.
Thames bridge on approach to Victoria. Look at all the new building underway.
Thames bridge on approach to Victoria. Look at all the new building underway.
Looking south from Victoria toward Battersea Park.
Looking south from Victoria toward Battersea Park. Here the background is the subject.
In London little remains unchanged for long. Even the train companies play musical chairs with the franchises every few years. How much longer will South West Trains serve Clapham Junction?
In London little remains unchanged for long. Even the train companies play musical chairs with the franchises every few years. How much longer will South West Trains serve Clapham Junction?
A view south of Clapham Junction Station.
A view south of Clapham Junction Station.
A South West Trains emu clatters along south of Clapham Junction.
A South West Trains emu clatters along south of Clapham Junction.
It's been a long time since the London, Brighton and South Coast was a going concern. This is the old station at Clapham Junction.
It’s been a long time since the London, Brighton and South Coast was a going concern. This is part of the old station complex at Clapham Junction.

Tracking the Light posts every day.

3 thoughts on “All Change! Photographing trains and Clapham Junction and Vicinity—May 2016.”

  1. I’m pretty sure the passenger vehicles on the London transit networks have been called cars for a very long time, and of course the origins of some of the London Underground system had American involvement. The 5-car units are on the Overground – former national rail lines now subsumed into the Underground ambit.

  2. Hope they reinstall the trademark 4 chimneys at Battersea. IMO the building would look like a plucked chicken without them.

  3. “5 Car Train” – sounds like they’re speaking American. What happened to “5 Carriage Train” – or is “car” short for “carriage?”
    Spent a day there back in ’04 watching the last of the slam-door stock in use.

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