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Written by Wayland Smith - 07 May 2004
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Location notes
A Station with a footbridge over the busy East Croydon to Gatwick Airport and Brighton main line.
Railway type and traffic
Frequent electric multiple units belonging to Thameslink and South Central Trains.
The former are class 319s, the latter Electrostars. Thames 165s also operate from Reading to Gatwick along with occasional Virgin Voyagers to Brighton.
Finally the frequent Gatwick Express shuttle can be seen passing through, usually in the hands of 442 units.
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Environment
Salfords is a fairly busy suburb in Surrey. The station footbridge doubles as footpath access to a nearby school and other amenities.
Road directions
From the M23, junction 9:
Proceed up the spur for Horley, junction 9A and go straight across the first roundabout which is the end of the motorway. Then the dual carriageway will pass over another. At the next roundabout on the edge of Gatwick North Terminal take the third exit, signed Redhill A217. At the next roundabout head right up the A23 North towards Redhill. After about 5km the station approach is on the right in the dual carriageway section.

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Salfords Station map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a car park at the station, but is liable to be quite pricey.
Public transport
Salfords is served by an hourly London to Horsham stopping service.

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Amenities
There are no facilities on the station. There are a few in Salfords, but it is not a very big place. Gatwick Airport is 5km to the South, Redhill the same distance the other way.
Accommodation
Given the proximity to Gatwick Airport there is abundant hotel accommodation in the area.
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Salfords Station

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Photographic notes
The track alignment is very close to north to south. The fast lines run around the station platforms to the East. The best photography is in the early afternoon for trains heading south. The Gatwick 73s should be leading if running in correct formation. Late afternoon Northbound shots are also possible on the fast lines heading North. Much less traffic, mainly the stoppers and Thames services use the slow lines, but this is difficult for photography due to station lighting columns and other clutter. The footbridge is in an urban area and has significant non station use, but is not unduly noisy for video work.


General views - All photographs © Wayland Smith unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 1 - Looking south

Along the fast lines.

Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

Up the fast lines towards London.

Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north

The slow lines, with the fasts visible behind.

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