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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

This is a little gem. It shows four disappeared Harringay buildings. On the right is the old station ticket office, centre is the old signal box behind Moka/La Vina, then further back is the Harringay Arena. Finally on the far left is the old St Paul's. Shows how huge the Arena was.

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Comment by Glenn Wallis on February 3, 2023 at 9:52

Reply to Alan:

There is no connection, I'm afraid There was a general policy as part of civil defence precautions, to protect transport infrastructure and wooden signal boxes were identified as offering little protection to the equipment under the operating floor. There seemed little such concern showed for the operator, but it was an essential part of the job to have a clear view of the passing traffic, to spot the oil lit tail lamps for example. Still, the signalman was issued with a steel helmet to wear during air raids!

Comment by Richard Woods on February 3, 2023 at 13:06

Confession time. We all called it the Hogs Back but no idea why really. I walked it home most days from Stationers and we would scramble down to the railway line and get our pennies chopped in half by the passing shunters.

And my late oldest brother and his chums once spread-eagled a largely unclad boy in full view of he Scotsman at about 4.10 p.m. as it headed out of King's Cross.

Comment by Glenn Wallis on February 4, 2023 at 3:00

Reply to Richard Woods

The down Flying Scotsman has always departed from The Cross at 10am, so it must have been the passengers of another east coast express who were entertained by your brother and his chums.

Comment by Richard Woods on February 4, 2023 at 12:26
Comment by Christine Yates on February 4, 2023 at 22:59

As a very small child I remember Dad pushing me in my red pushchair to sit on the walkway Overlooking the rail tracks. I can remember the Flying Scotsman steaming through.

Comment by Les e39 on March 23, 2023 at 17:25

We spent many a day and evening train spotting from that view on the hogs back .Would have been around 1958- early 60,s .What good memories. 

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