Great Eastern Main Line
|Great Eastern Main Line|
|Principal stations (from south to north)|
The towns served by the route, starting from London, are listed below. Towns in bold are served by fast InterCity services.
- London Liverpool Street
- Forest Gate
- Manor Park
- Seven Kings
- Chadwell Heath
- Gidea Park
- Harold Wood
- Hatfield Peverel
- Marks Tey
- Needham Market
Passenger services on the route were previously operated by First Great Eastern for commuter services south of Ipswich, and Anglia Railways for fast InterCity services beyond Ipswich. On 1 April 2004, these franchises were merged to form the new 'one' franchise. Since January 2005, the line uses 16-year old Class 90 electric locomotives, capable of 110mph, although trains can only go 100 mph due to the outdated infrastructure. This "new" rolling stock was cascaded from the West Coast Main Line after the introduction of the new Pendolino units by Virgin Trains. Before the Great Eastern used 40 year old Class 86 locomotives, which had a top speed of 100 mph.
According to the Managing Director of 'one' (in December 2006), some of the overhead line equipment out as far as Shenfield is of 1940s vintage and needs proper tensioning.
|Main line railways in Great Britain:|
|High-speed main lines:||Channel Tunnel Rail Link|
|'Classic' main lines:|| Cross-Country Route East Coast Main Line Great Eastern Main Line |
Great Western Main Line Midland Main Line West Coast Main Line