The Class 172 ‘TurboStar’ two car diesel locomotives made a return this week ploughing the Gospel Oak–Barking London Overground Line, nicknamed the ‘Goblin’ line. This follows months of still unfinished work to electrify the line by Network Rail.
Given the state of works currently, the ‘Goblin’ will see further closures later in the year. The aim is to have the electrification works give rise to better rolling stock and an improved service.
With all the work aimed to be completed by next year, the Class 172 locos in their Overground livery will have had a very short service span as they will be replaced by four car electric sets: The Class 710. The work on the ‘Goblin’ also aims to prepare the service for the expected Barking Riverside extension. The extension would see new tracks built with a possible intermediate station somewhere along Renwick Road near Creekmouth before the line terminates at Barking Riverside. The latter, occupying derelict land north of the Thames, is anticipated to see a major commercial and residential development.