THE GREAT EASTERN ‘Jazz Trains’

RAILWAY REALISM

Intensive suburban passenger workings are a feature of many great stations, but perhaps one of the most efficient in steam days were the ‘Jazz Trains’ from London Liverpool Street. They established a frequency of service that many thought impossible to achieve, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

The Liverpool Street suburban trains, known as ‘Jazz Trains’, were formed of articulated compartment stock and hauled by LNER ‘N7’ 0-6-2Ts through LNER and BR steam days. On April 4 1959 ‘N7/3’ 69683 passes Manor Road Sidings with an Enfield Town- Liverpool Street train.
Ken Cook/Rail Archive Stephenson
Early ‘Jazz Trains’ were in the hands of GER 0-4-4Ts and 2-4-2Ts. In 1900 Adams GER ‘61’ 0-4-4T 178, built by Kitson & Co in 1878, calls at an unknown station with a Liverpool Street- Chingford train.
Rail Archive Stephenson.

LIVERPOOL Street station, on the east side of London, was first opened on February 2 1874 at a time when that part of the city was undergoing unprecedented expansion. Originally housing ten platforms, another eight were later added as demand for services exceeded the capacity of the original site.

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