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Written by Barry Emmott - 18 May 2004
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Location notes
A footbridge from ground level, just to the south of Willesden Junction station. Forming a hub of rail lines, below is the West Coast Main Line and you can see trains coming from Euston. Diverging off is a line to Kensington Olympia and onwards to Clapham Junction, Brighton, etc. Also running parallel and level to the bridge is the North London Line.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger traffic is in the hands of London Overground 378s. There is also frequent freight services passing through. You also can see the West Coast Main Line and the Low Level lines.
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Environment
Probably not recommended after dark, on your own, but there are usually one or two other people there during the day.
Road directions
As with all inner London locations it is better to get a travel card and commute in.

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Willesden Junction High Level map co-ordinates
Parking
Very hard to find and expensive, cheaper to get the train!
Public transport
Silverlink Metro from Euston or Watford. NLL, loads of buses including no.18 Bendi Bus.

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Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Willesden Junction High Level

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Streetmap links
Willesden Junction High Level general view map
Willesden Junction High Level close up map

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Willesden Junction High Level



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Photographic notes
Lines run ESE to WNW so up trains photograph best in the morning, downs in the afternoon. The footbridge is quite long, giving opportunities for photography from numerous angles. There is a car-breaking plant nearby which is very noisy - this would interfere with video shots. Also the railway bridges are of metal construction and have shaky metal fences, making a passing train very noisy
Shots of the lines below are difficult, although not impossible, due to the large amount of overhead line equipment.
Northern Railways - Willesden


General views - All photographs © Barry Emmott unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east

A westbound unit crossed the line closest to the bridge. The West Coast Main Line is visible bleow.

Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

On the eastbound line, quite a bit further away from the bridge

Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south

A northbound working on thew West Coast Main Line, note the abundance of OL Equipment.

Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking south

Another view of the WCML, but with a Kensington Olympia bound train in the background.

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