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A foot bridge over the former Midland Goods Line in a large park in North London.
Railway type and traffic
The line here is a freight only line between Cricklewood and Acton. There are only a few timetabled workings to use this line, but it is often used by test trains and stock movements between the Midland Main line and the south.
Timetabled workings include the 'Binliner', some stone and cement workings.
The location is a open park in North London, seems quite and peaceful but you are best keeping you eyes open. After dark there would be no light to photograph anyways.
From the A406, North Circular:
Take the Edgeware road south (it is under the Cricklewood flyover) and look for any of these roads on your right:
Dollis Hill Lane,
Dollis Hill Avenue,
Gladstone Park Gardens,
all of these roads will lead to Parkside where you can park at the bottom end and you will see the foot bridge in front of you. Dudding Hill Junction map co-ordinates
There is plenty of parking on Parkside, and depending on where you park you will be able to see your car from the location.
The location is within walking distance of both Cricklewood BR and Dollis Hill LU stations.
None noted at the location.
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Dudding Hill Junction
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The junction is just under the bridge, and there is a signal box to the south of the line. The line is in a cutting at this point so shots without shadows will be hard to obtain, but the line speed is low so good exposures can be had.
Both lines are part of a triangle with Cricklewood on the opposide side.
The bridge parapets are not that high (guessing 4 1/2 > 5 foot) so no steps would be required to see over.
Although the location is quite quiet it is hard to listen out for approaching trains as you can hear trains on both the Midland Main Line, Marylebone Line and Bakerloo lines in the distance!
If you walk down into the park on the south side of the line this shot
is available as well.
General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east
Fig 2 - Looking north east
The lines diverging to the left are to/from the North bound Midland Main Line, to the right is to the south.
Fig 3 - Looking south west
Fig 4 - The Location
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