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Written by James Mansell - 02 Jun 2008
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Location notes
Knebworth train station is 25 miles from London Kings Cross. It is situated in a large village.
Railway type and traffic
Knebworth is on the East Coast Mainline with lots of traffic. Stopping services are in the hands of First Capital Connect 365s, but 317s or 313s will appear from time to time. Express workings from NXEC, Grand Central, Hull Trains also pass through the station.
Freight is sparse but DB Schenker and Freightliner traffic will appear, though most freight is pathed via the Hertford Loop.
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RTT Link Knebworth Station
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Environment
Knebworth station is well lit and has CCTV.
Road directions
From the A1(M), Junction 7:
Knebworth is the next village south of Stevenage. Follow the junction east into Stevenage going straight over the first roundabout and then turning right at the next. You will pass Stevenage Borough Football Club on the left and a diy store on the right. Continue straight on at the next roundabout passing a small(ish) Tesco store on your right. At the next roundabout take the second exit (signposted Knebworth) and continue for about 2 miles on this road into Knebworth Village. When you reach a mini roundabout turn right and follow this road under the railway bridge and the follow right to reach the station.

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Knebworth Station map co-ordinates
Parking
Knebworth has its own car park but you have to pay. There is also public roads but these are often crowded with residents cars and commuters.
Public transport
Local bus service by Arriva. Services: 300/301
Local bus service by TrustLine from Hertford.

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Amenities
Knebworth has a chip shop, Chinese, Indian, 2 cafes, co-op in the high street and public toilets.
If you come out of the station, turn left and follow the road under the railway across the mini roundabout on the right is an excellent cafe for breakfast.
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Knebworth Station

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Photographic notes
Knebworth station faces roughly north south and as such better suits southbound workings during the middle of the day. The text below the pictures describes the shots.
About a mile to the south is Woolmer Green Junction where the East Coast Main Line Bottlenecks from four to two tracks. As a result charters are usually pathed onto the slow lines and will not be travelling at great speed, unlike workings on the fast road that could be travelling at up to 110mph.


General views - All photographs © James Mansell unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north - Image Albert Dawson


Fig 1 - Looking north - <i>Image  Albert Dawson</i>

A south bound working on the fast lines from the end of the north bound platforms. The line is pretty much straight for a mile or so so the potential for telephoto shots is here.
Note: To get this shot you either need to stand pretty much on the 'yellow line' or crouch down below a large mirror, as used by driver only trains so the driver can see the doors.

Fig 2 - Looking north - Image Albert Dawson


Fig 2 - Looking north - <i>Image  Albert Dawson</i>

Same position as fig 1, but a slow line working.

Fig 3 - Looking north - Image Albert Dawson


Fig 3 - Looking north - <i>Image  Albert Dawson</i>

From the end of the north bound platforms, this shot shows a north bound working 'going away'.

Fig 4 - Looking south - Image Albert Dawson


Fig 4 - Looking south - <i>Image  Albert Dawson</i>

From the end of the south bound platform. A fast north bound working. There is a large amount of OLE ganteries here, so you can frame shots between the poles if you like.

Fig 5 - Looking south - Image Albert Dawson



Fig 5 - Looking south - <i>Image  Albert Dawson</i>

From a similar position to fig 4 a charter on the slows heading north.

Fig 6 - Looking south east - Image Albert Dawson



Fig 6 - Looking south east - <i>Image  Albert Dawson</i>

From the station car park!
Charters are invariably pathed on the slow roads making this shot possible. But you will need your wits about you as there is no notice of the working approaching!

Location Video


Class 57s are not the norm here!

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