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Details: This is a view of what I have called Bow Substation, looking south with the Anglia and DLR railway lines across the bottom (Pudding Mill Lane and Stratford are to the left, Bow Church and Liverpool Street to the right), the River Lea flowing up the right hand side and the A102M East Cross Route road beyond that. This location is close to where the Crossrail tunnels come to the surface and it is presumed that the substation provides power to the underground section. The reason that it is included on LTSV is that it is believed to be home to some of the 24-odd Elizabeth Line service vehicles. Several vehicles are visible in this view but it looks like these belong to contractors working on the site's construction. Recent trips past on the DLR have shown that a couple of vans and trucks are still parked in the area at the far right, backing on to the river. Unfortunately, they are too far away to be sure that they are Elizabeth Line vehicles, let alone see their identities. There is a single Ford Transit dropside truck (8654F) in the block of numbers assigned to the Elizabeth Line, but it has yet to be seen properly. I have an inkling that it might be kept here. So, how can you see what is here? Well, the west-bound DLR is on the nearest track and offers probably the best view. There is a footpath on the east side of the river but it looks to be at a lower level with a tall wall. In the top left of this view is the nearest road, Cook's Road, which becomes Barbers Road as it curves round towards Pudding Mill Station. Ray has investigated this approach but the access gate is too far away from the parking spaces to be of any use. So, there you have it.

By the way, you may have noticed the red double-deck bus in the yard on the other side of Cook's Road. This is former Abellio 9006, sold in 2017. The only reason I know this is because it still has its 'Travel London V6' lettering on the roof. What the bus was doing here is another matter.

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