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Written by Marcus Dawson - 17 Jul 2005
last update by Marcus Dawson - 12 Oct 2015
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Location notes
Felixstowe is Suffolk's, and indeed England's, largest port complex. Located at the coastal tip of a flat peninsula bordered by the Rivers Deben and Orwell and the North sea, with the county town of Ipswich on its northern inland edge. By road the port is about 10 miles west of Ipswich.
Railway type and traffic
Being a container port most of the traffic is freightliners. DB Schenker, Freightliner and GBRf operate services. Motive power is predominantly class 66 based but there are also many class 70 Freightliner workings.
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Environment
A seaside Suffolk town. Fairly quiet and sedate.
Road directions
From the A14, Junction 61:
If you are only planning a short visit..
Take the exit towards 'Dock gate No 2/Trinity Business Park' and follow the road round back under the A14 whilst keeping in the left hand lane. After the traffic lights keep right and take the turning to the cafe/petrol station where you can park for a limited time. Then you need to walk..
Continue on foot along Trinity Avenue and at the end of the road uirn right and contunue along Fagbury Road to the end and the Central Terminal is on your left.
For a longer stay it would be better to park on Cordys Lane in Trimley and walk back. See the TS182 Clickett Hill page for the A14 directions.

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Felixstowe Central Docks map co-ordinates
Parking
There are a couple of lorry parks and car parks off Parker Avenue. Fagbury road has double yellow lines along it. For a longer stay it would be recomended to park at the bottom of Cordys Lane and walk down the public footpath to the location. This would be around a mile to walk. You would also pass Clickets Hill on the walk. Cordys Lane runs past Trimley station, if you continue over the level crossing to the end of the road you will find the parking area and from there follow the 'Blofield Track' to the location.
Public transport
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Amenities
There are plenty of fish and chip shops on the sea front and a McDonalds drive through is located off the first roundabout into Felixstowe.
Accommodation
See the virtual Felixstowe website
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Felixstowe Central Docks

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Felixstowe Central Docks general view map
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Felixstowe Central Docks



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Photographic notes
There are two vantage points here

The road side - fig 1 >4:
There is a high chain mesh fence here. Wide shots from across the road will avoid this, or steps are required.

From the embankments - Fig 5 > 8:
This location is on the footpath between the docks and Trimley. The walk is described in the East Suffolk Line Walks page and the walk passes through Clicketts Hill. Just at the end of Fagburys Road there is a gate across the railway lines. Follow this and follow the path (dirt track) up a hill running parallel with the railway line. When you reach open fields the curve is behind a row of hedges. There are a number of gaps in this hedge to get through (there are brambles in places!) and here you will see the curve. Following the path Towards Clicketts Hill there are a number of photographic options available. The grade is quite steep coming out of the docks so a loaded liner will be working quite hard to get it's train moving and climb the grade.

Since the opening of the new North Terminal the gates to the footpath have magnetic locks allowing them to be kept closed, for reasons of safety, during the frequent train movements. This also means that the gates can be locked for a considerable amount of time. People have reported been 'trapped' in the central refuge for over an hour in the past. The footpath is also monitored by the port police using CCTV at the crossing and there is a phone number to call to tell them you are 'trapped', but you may be in for a wait to be released.
Links to photographs at this location

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General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1- Facing North


Fig 1- Facing North

The dock loading area has some a large container crane that looms over any train in the yard.

Fig 2 - Facing south


Fig 2 - Facing south

Reverse of the fig 1.

Fig 3 - Zoom shot


Fig 3 - Zoom shot

From the opposite side of the road, but from the same spot as fig 2, you can get a view without having the chain link fence in the way. You can see the fence running along the bottom of this shot.

Fig 4 - Over the fence


Fig 4 - Over the fence

Or you can use steps to get a view over the fence, although be warned there is barbed wire at the top of the fence.

Fig 5 - Looking north east



Fig 5 - Looking north east

From the top of the bank a liner descends into the Docks.

Fig 6 - Looking south east



Fig 6 - Looking south east

This view shows the train arriving on the docks. The public foot path runs just infront of where the loco is positioned.

Fig 7 - Looking north east



Fig 7 - Looking north east

From the center section of the public footpath. This view shows the new line on the left for the North Terminal and the original lines on the right. This shot was taken between the two lines in a gated refuge on the path.
The triangle in the middle of the lines has weeds growing in it which will make this shot almost impossible in the summer.

Fig 8 - Looking south west



Fig 8 - Looking south west

The line from the north terminal curves round and crosses the footpath at this point.

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