TQ3481 : Whitechapel Station 1970

taken 54 years ago, near to Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, England

Whitechapel Station  1970
Whitechapel Station 1970
At this time service on the East London Line was still provided by Q-stock with its distinctive clerestory roofs, shortly to be replaced by the A60 stock seen in Dr Clifton's view from 1979 Link
East London Line

Between 1933 and 2007 the East London Line of the London Underground was a self-contained section of the Metropolitan Line. It ran between Shoreditch in the City and New Cross and New Cross Gate in south London with an interchange at Whitechapel. I recall travelling in the 1960s on the run-down, shabby line with a deep sense of unease.

Formerly the East London Railway it had opened in 1869, making use of the twin-bore Thames Tunnel built by the Brunels, father and son, between 1825 and 1843 for horse-drawn carriages between Wapping and Rotherhithe. As the East London Line it served workers at both London Docks and Surrey Docks.

Since 2010 Transport for London has realised the full potential of the line by extending it over existing tracks, plus a bridge or two, north to Highbury & Islington and south to Clapham Junction, West Croydon and Crystal Palace, connecting with other rail services. It has become a busy and vital section of the London Overground. The new station at Canada Water has an important interchange with the London Underground's Jubilee Line.

Wikipedia has a full account: LinkExternal link

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Geographical Context: Historic sites and artefacts Suburb, Urban fringe Railways Railway: East London Line other tags: Railway Station (Underground) Electric Multiple Unit East London Line Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Whitechapel Station [86] · Viewed from Whitechapel Road [77] · East London [75] ·
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TQ3481, 721 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Alan Murray-Rust   (more nearby)
Date Taken
24 July 1970   (more nearby)
Thursday, 9 December, 2021
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3466 8189 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.1931N 0:3.6319W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3465 8190
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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