I was out and about yesterday, and I went up Vallance Road In an alleyway between Hemming Street and Vallance Road link
running parallel to the railway (which is on a viaduct), there was the remnants of railway line running parallel to the extant line at ground level. The visible bits were some pointwork and two parallel tracks, all with continuous checkrails on the inside to allow for them to be inset into concrete up to rail level. Any idea what it was?
Part way along, a roadway connects the two halves of the site. Nearer Whitechapel, the viaduct crosses the East London Railway (ELR) on the skew. At ground level, a pair of railway tracks, in situ in Hemming Street, linked the site with Brick Lane Goods Depot, where a hydraulic hoist transferred trucks to and from viaduct level and gave access to a number of sidings via wagon turntables. Two branches (only one is shown on the 1894 OS Plan) passed under the viaduct to sidings on the east side serving 'Essex Wharf' where James Brown (London) Ltd, brick makers and Frazzi Fireproof Construction Ltd traded. The offices can still be seen in Durward Street, decorated with terra cotta and with the name 'ESSEX WHARF' emblazoned in foot high terra cotta lettering.
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I can't place it on the map I would guess it's about where the "16" mark is just East of Bethnal Green Station, but it runs parallel to the main railway rather than curving away.
I assume the RCH is for operational purposes and wouldn't bother with sidings?
The purpose of the RCH was accountancy - calculating the distance of each company's track each other company ran over, so that due payment could be made. Sidings, or at least the entrances to goods yards, were a crucial part of that. The "16" you refer to (which is west of Bethnal Green, not east) is actually "16c" (16 chains) and marks the distance along the main line from the turnoff leading to the goods depot, to the next junction. The RCH maps are more concerned with topology than accurate cartography, and as can be seen from the NLS archive map, the branch actually ran parallel to the main line for a distance before curving away to the south.
Post by norbitonflyer on May 25, 2018 14:49:10 GMT
This thread from a few months ago discusses the very same branch - filming in Hemming Street c 1985, and further along the viaduct when rather more of it was intact. Note that the layout was on at least three levels - the track discussed in the present thread is at ground level.