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South West London, on the main lines to Waterloo and Victoria.
Railway type and traffic
Britain's busiest railway station, during the peaks there are over 100 trains per hour using the 16 platforms, with some non stop trains too. A wide variety of South Central and South West Trains emus, South West Trains class 170 & 159 dmus, Gatwick Express, London Overground 378s.
Between the two halves of the station is Clapham Yard, used by South West Trains.
A small number of freight trains also pass through the station.
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RTT Link Clapham Junction
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Busy inner city station which has ticket barriers, to gain access to the platforms. The station is manned 24 hours a day.
Difficult area to park, public transport would be better.
Direct train services from Victoria, Waterloo, Watford Junction and much of Southern England. Good local bus services in all directions.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
Many food & drink outlets within the station, with a Sainsbury's and other shops just outside.
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Clapham Junction general view map
Clapham Junction close up map
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The best spots are at the London ends of the platforms, with clear views towards Waterloo and Victoria, and not much platform furniture to obstruct views in the other direction.
For the yard you can get good shots through the windows on the footbridge. The platforms are well lit at night, and there is not too much noise (except for the trains!)
Update Dec 13:
If you wish to take photographs to this location, you must identify yourself to the station manager who can usually be found on Platform 9/10.
Links to photographs at this location
Northern Railways - Clapham
General views - All photographs © Paul Bowery unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west
The yard and carriage shed from platform 7.
Fig 2 - Looking west
The other side of the yard from the footbridge.
Fig 3 - Looking east
Silverlink trains use platform 2 and curve away to the left towards the West London Line.
Fig 4 - Looking west
A Watford Junction-Brighton service on platform 17. A few freight trains use this pair of tracks, also some use the Reading Lines (platforms 3-6). A couple of Virgin Voyagers a day pass through 17 and 18 non stop.
Fig 5 - Looking west
The south western main line platforms, from the Reading side of the station.
Fig 6 - Looking west
The South Central suburban lines.
Fig 7 - Looking east
View towards central London from platform 13.
Fig 8 - Looking west
The Reading or Windsor lines.
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