By 2018 there will be one million fewer affordable homes in the UK than there were in 1980, while the population will have grown by 7 million. Invited to speculate on the UK's housing crisis, we concluded that what we faced was rather a crisis of imagination in articulating how we live together as a society. In thinking of how it could be other, we wanted to explore the idea of the enabling state. Travelling on East Anglia's slow trains, one passes hundreds of neglected tracts of land and towns suffering from decades of underinvestment. We look across these under-utilised and wasteful railway connections, imagining this as a key network for enabling state investment to catalyse bottom-up partnerships: from investment in housing by local councils, private tract developers, and self builders (unusual in the UK context). The exhibited illustration tests this proposition along the River Stour the east coast Port of Harwich.