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Air quality

The Clean Air Act made smokeless fuel compulsory, but the real improvement to air quality came from replacement of coal fires, previously almost universal, with gas-fired central heating.  Diesel trains replaced steam trains, though the conversion of the line to Liverpool Street into a branch of the electric underground had already occurred in 1947 1.

1  How the Railway Came to Leytonstone by Alan Simpson