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Written by Marcus Dawson - 30 Oct 2003
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Location notes
Horley station is about a mile north of Gatwick Station.
Railway type and traffic
There is a plentiful stream of units heading to and from the south coast as well as Gatwick Express trains to and from the airport. Cross country services also operate through this location.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Horley
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The station is fairly quiet. The foot bridge is located between two housing estates.
Road directions
Horley Station
Take the spur junction off the M23 at Junction 9 and follow this road along straight across the first roundabout (end of the motorway) and the next roundabout follow the signs for Redhill (A217). Next roundabout take the third exit (right turn). You are now on Brighton road. Take the second right into Massetts Road. Follow this road until you reach the junction with Victoria Road (cross roads) and turn right. The Station is on Victoria Road with parking signposted.
Horley Footbridge
Come out of the station and turn right and get onto station approach. Follow this road alongside the railway and the foot bridge will be on you left after about 500 meters.

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Horley map co-ordinates
Usual station car park facilities exist and the whole area is a commuter centre. So parking can be scarce at times.
Public transport
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Googly map
Streetmap links
Horley general view map
Horley close up map

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Photographic notes
Horley is a fairly straight section of track and trains can be seen approaching from a good mile or two away. There are two distinct locations. Firstly there is a foot bridge over the line to the north of the station. This gives excellent views of both north and southbound trains from either the bridge itself or from the steps leading up to it. Secondly there is the station. Having an island platform in the middle the south end provides excellent views of trains.
Links to photographs at this location

Rail-net - A few minutes at Horley

General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - From the footbridge facing north

Fig 1 - From the footbridge facing north

This view shows southbound trains approaching the station. The bridge has steps that lead up to it on. On the right of this image they can be used if you wish for a different height against your subject.

Fig 2 -From the footbridge facing south

Fig 2 -From the footbridge facing south

The reverse angle of fig 1 gives a view of northbound trains

Fig 3 - From the platforms looking south

Fig 3 - From the platforms looking south

From the centre platform there are good views of both sets of fast and slow roads. Since the location is on the southern region then it is mainly units which are symmetrical at both ends so trains going away look as good as trains coming towards.

Fig 4 - From the platforms looking north

Fig 4 - From the platforms looking north

The reverse angle from fig 3

Fig 5 - From the platform looking north

Fig 5 - From the platform looking north

The alternate set of platforms from fig 4

Fig 6 - From the platform looking south

Fig 6 - From the platform looking south

The alternate lines from fig 3

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