Londonist are reporting that the last piece of rail for Crossrail has been installed, in the eastbound tunnel at Whitechapel. It is stated that trains are now able to run "end to end", but I'm not sure if that just relates to Abbey Wood to the western termini as the connection from Stratford station to the tunnel didn't look in place when I passed earlier this week? Certainly the electrification wasn't, so I don't think the 345s can run all the way through yet.
The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart. --Antoine de St. Exupery
I hope this isn't considered off topic, but the up electric line after Stratford is due to be diverted around the back of the portal at Pudding Mill Lane from the first up train on Monday 18th September. Anyone travelling on the up electric recently may have noticed a slight uplift in the track after leaving Stratford in preparation for the existing track being connected to the new line. I also noticed the track and overhead lines being installed on the lines heading down into the tunnel this week. Unfortunately, I cannot take any photos from my position in the train.
The last train on the old Up Electric alignment is the 21.14 from Shenfield (Stratford 21.49) to Liverpool Street on Friday 15th September. After this time, and throughout Saturday, TfL Rail trains reverse at Stratford. On Sunday, they use the Main Lines