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This station is on the Great Eastern Mainline between Chelmsford and Ipswich. It is usually the first stop of the Intercity services from London Liverpool Street to Norwich/Great Yarmouth. The nearest town is Colchester, about 5 minutes by bus or car.
Please note you may need a Platform Ticket or Ticket to travel to gain access to this station depending on which member of staff is on and how busy the station is. The station staff are used to enthusiasts but as always please be polite and move if requested to.
Railway type and traffic
Normal traffic through this mainline station are 321/360 Electric Multiple Units. There are also have a regular 170 Working from Liverpool Street Station to Great Yarmouth during Peak times.
There is also a frequent service to Norwich using either Class 86s or more regularly Class 90s. Occasionally the Class 86/90 will be replaced by 170 units especially during peak times. The Class 86s are being phased out now and will only be in service during October.
The line also has a number of Freightliner and DB Schenker services, as well as the odd DRS Nuclear Flask service.
Colchester (North) Station is a relatively quiet mainline station during off peak times, although there is always plenty of activity. The station has full CCTV. There is plenty of shelter if it rains and you can still see what is happening from the canopies.
For those train enthusiasts who are wheelchair bound the station is very much accessible, although the staff are not too keen on helping you between platforms. The lifts are not open for public use and so you will require staff assistance to get between platforms 1/2 and platforms 3-6 (please note that platforms 3-6 are all accessible from the lift)
To find Colchester (North) Station simply follow the Signs for the Hospital (A+E). On the route to the hospital you will go past that station.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Colchester (North) Station map co-ordinates
To find parking can be a bit more tricky unless you intend to pay to park at the station. Probably the best bet is in the Industrial Estate very near to the station next to 'Wickes'.
The easiest way to get to this location by public transport is obviously by train. If you are coming in from Sudbury by bus then you just need to hop off at the Station Stop just under the bridge. If you are coming in by bus you will need to get a 5,8,8A,65,66,67,67A,78,78A or 753.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
The usual rail station facilities are available including Toilets, Coffee Shop, Café and W H Smith's. Just across the road from the Station is the ASDA store with the usual supermarket facilities. There is also usually a Tea Van in the Wickes car park during the week which can be used. Both are just a couple of minutes walk from the station entrance.
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Colchester (North) Station
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Photography at the station is normally very good almost all day. The only problems that may prohibit photography is first thing in the morning on a bright day when the sun is rising on the east of the line. The sun rises directly over the track. By about 8 in the morning the sun is at the side of the station and stays in a pretty good spot for getting the movements on platforms 1-4. Platform 5 and 6 can be a little more difficult during periods of intense sunlight. The best places to stand are at the most easterly of platform 4 or westerly end of platform 3. All trains that come into Colchester during the course of a normal day use platforms 1-5, with 5 being at the easterly end. Platform five holds the terminating Walton trains which arrive once an hour. Platform 6 just holds the early morning London services with the siding next to platform 6 holding the rescue thunderbirds when they are in attendance.
The intercity services usually use platforms 2 and 3, although occasionally the Norwich bound services may use platform 1 to either allow a passing service to go through, or to load any wheelchair passengers which may be travelling.
General views - All photographs © Steven Hughes unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east
Fig 2 - Looking west
Fig 3 - Looking west
Fig 4 - Looking east
Fig 5 - The sidings
Fig 6 - Sheds
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