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Written by Duncan Lang - 17 Sep 2013
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Location notes
A road bridge over the Midland Main Line. This location is at the point where freight only lines fly over the main passenger routes. These freight lines continue south, or heads north from, Cricklewood where they diverge away from the Midland Main line and continue south east to Acton. This is the standard route for freight heading this way although there are two more junctions to the south of the bridge where freight may join the main lines. The flyover is not electrified.
Railway type and traffic
On the main lines you have the usual mix of EMT Meridians, HSTs. There are also First Capital Connect 319s and 377s.
Freight consists of mainly aggregate traffic (Stone/Cement) but also includes Oil traffic.
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RTT Link Silkstream Junction, Hendon
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Environment
The bridge is on a busy main road between Hendon and Edgeware. There will be plenty of cars and people passing by.
Road directions
From the A41 Watford Way Hendon northbound take the A5150 turn onto Colindeep Lane and then take the first right turn into Grove Gardens where you can park your car. Then walk back to Colindeep Lane and turn left to reach the bridge.
The location can only be approached from the Northbound side of the A41. But you can make a U turn from the southbound feeder lane at Hendon (signed A504 to Colindale).

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Silkstream Junction, Hendon map co-ordinates
Parking
Street parking in Grove Gardens. But being in a residential are and near to a tube station expect to have to hunt for a space.
Public transport
Bus services 113 and 186 pass on the Watford way.
Hendon BR and Hendon Central or Colindale Underground stations are all about a miles walk.

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Amenities
No shops in the immediate area. But there are plenty of shops on the Watford Way. The closest being a Petrol Station/Mini market just south of the traffic lights.
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Silkstream Junction, Hendon

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Streetmap links
Silkstream Junction, Hendon general view map
Silkstream Junction, Hendon close up map

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Silkstream Junction, Hendon



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Photographic notes
Steps would be useful at this location.
The primary shot for this location, the southbound shot on the high level freight line is ok until around 13:00. But after that the sun would be behind the trees. The line also runs at roughly 40 degrees to the bridge giving you a more 3/4 view than is usually possible from a bridge.
It is possible to see from the northern side of the bridge what is approaching from the south. But you can not see what is approaching from the north if you are on the south side. It is also not possible to move quickly from one side to the other as it a busy dual carriage way and part of the central reservation is a tall fence guarding the gap between bridges.

Noise from the M1 motorway opposite will alway be prominent in soundtrack for videographers.


General views - All photographs © Duncan Lang unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

Similar shot to Fig 1 but you can see a northbound unit's tail lights in the box below the flyover

Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south

From the oppisite bridge a northbound train

Fig 4 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north

A freight on the slow line.

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