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Located on the Great Eastern Mainline, Chelmsford is the County Town of Essex. It is quite large.
Railway type and traffic
There is a passing loop on the down side and access to the old Royal Mail yard, now used for stone trains at the Colchester / Hatfield Peverel end of the station.
Lots of EMUs, Class 321 and 360, and Loco Hauled Class 90s work the Liverpool St-Norwich Intercity trains, with the loco, normally, at the London end of the train. Plus the occasional DMUs, Class 170s, passing on the mainline. The GEML thunderbird also passes through Chelmsford regularly.
Class 60, 66, 86 and 90 work freight trains in the area for DB Schenker and FL, there is also the weekly flask train from Willesden to Sizewell, usually operated by a combination of DRS 20s and 37s.
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Chelmsford is a fairely large town located in Mid Essex, it isnt too bad, the station its self has won a Safe Station award and has ticket gates, so you will need a ticket to get on the platforms. Once you have done this it is advisable to sign in at the Customer Service point of Platform 1 (The Up platform)
Chelmsford Station is located over the road from the University Central Campus which is clearly sign posted.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Chelmsford map co-ordinates
There is a Multi Story car park and Short Stay car park behind the station (Go under Viaduct and take 1st right), but you will probably find it cheaper to follow signs to the Meadows Shopping Centre car park and walk through the main street.
There is not any on street parking near by, and do not make the mistake of parking in the university across the road, this is often patrolled by Traffic Wardens who do issue tickets.
All Great Eastern mainline trains to and from Liverpool Street stop at Chelmsford.
First Essex Bus run lots of Buses to Chelmsford bus station (which is just behind Chelmsford Station) check their website
for full details. But other services are operated by Arriva, Stansted Transit and Regal Busways.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
The station has Toilets on both Platforms, and a small cafe on Platform 1, there is also a small shop and WH Smiths downstairs. Several chip shops just down the road - exit the station, and turn right under the railway bridge, several take aways and newsagents along this stretch opposite the bus station.
There is also a Greggs bakery, a Subway sandwich shop and a Tesco Express within the bus station.
Chelmsford has a wide range of Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels.
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Platform 2 is the best place to stand, towards the 12 Car Stop, from here you can view trains approaching from Hatfield Perveal, about a minute before they arrive at Chemsford, the track is rather twisty on the approach at Chelmsford but you can see the lights.
Trains coming from London can not be seen until they are in the station, but pass quite slowly, Trains can be heard approaching as they go over a set of crossovers, also the Auto Announcer is quite useful! Background noise isnt too much of a problem from this end of the station.
Links to photographs at this location
DarrenJ's Photos - London Eastern Railway
General views - All photographs © Darren Johnson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east
The view from Platform 2 looking towards Hatfield Peverel (down) this is where you can see trains approaching for about a minute.
Fig 2 - Looking south west
The view towards Ingatestone, in the up direction.
Fig 3 - Looking South - Picture © Justin Buckley
From platform 2 Looking towards Shenfield
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