Crouch End to Bologna – part 2

March 2009
The train from Tottenham Hale Station to Stansted Airport has people on it who make that trip less regularly than do the people on the morning bus; some Italian men who buy a beer and crisps from the drinks trolley; a red-dyed-hair Polish girl who makes mobile telephone calls alternately in English and Polish; an elderly couple who look like they may be going on their hols.
The train runs through what for me is familiar territory, though it still amazes me always; following the River Lee through the flat, boggy fields of Essex and Hertfordshire, Ponders End and Enfield Lock and out to suburban Cheshunt and the ex- bungalow-and-chalet land of Broxbourne and Roydon, with the river and its tributaries never far away and the railway line often on a hardcore embankment that makes you yet again marvel at the achievements of Victorian railway engineers.

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