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Modern Britain

Railway Walks: Homerton to Bow Church

by Peter Kessler, 30 March 2013

The East & West India Docks & Birmingham Junction Railway between Camden Town and Bow opened on 26 September 1850. As the North London Railway it was extended to Poplar in 1852, and extra stations opened at Homerton, Victoria Park (which later became a junction as the line was extended in stages to Canning Town and North Woolwich) and Old Ford. Passenger services ended on 15 November 1944, after most stations suffered Blitz damage. Freight traffic finished on 3 October 1983 and the track south of Victoria Park was lifted. Only the section immediately north of Bow Road was reused by the Docklands Light Railway when it reopened the line on 31 July 1987.

One photo on this page licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons Licence by Ben Brooksbank at Geograph British Isles.




Main Sources

Burrow, J (Ed) - Official Guide to the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar, Issued by Authority of the Poplar Borough Council, J Burrow & Co Ltd, Cheltenham, 1927

Conolly, W Philip - British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer, Fourth Edition, Ian Allen, London, 1965

Course, Edwin - London Railways: Then and Now, B T Batsford Ltd, London, 1987

Online Sources

Abandoned Lines and Railways

Disused Stations

The North London Railway Historical Society

Signal Box Diagrams



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