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Written by Tim Easter - 06 Oct 2004
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Location notes
A 4 track cutting on the Midland Main line about 2 miles north of St Albans.
Railway type and traffic
Mostly Midland Main line HSTs and Turbostars (170s) and Meridians (222), with regular class 319s on Thameslink services.
Only a small amount of freight.
The edge of an open field, on public right of way.
Road directions
From the M1, Junction 9:
Follow the A5183 to the roundabout at Redbourn. At the roundabout take the first exit (B487) and follow this road into Harpenden. At the roundabout take the third exit (A1081) and head south till the outskirts of St. Albans. Sandridgebury Road is the left turn just before St. Albans Girls School, take this road and continue along it until you pass under the railway.

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Sandridgebury map co-ordinates
There is parking for one or two cars just underneath the railway bridge.
Public transport
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Plenty of facilities in the town of St. Albans to the south.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Googly map
Streetmap links
Sandridgebury general view map
Sandridgebury close up map

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Photographic notes
More of a morning shot as by lunchtime the sun has crossed the line. Northbound workings will be backlit by mid morning. There is a fair amout of warning of approching trains in both directions.
There is no access to the west side of the line as this area is private.

General views - All photographs © Tim Easter unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

A southbound hst on the fast lines.

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

A freight working on the slow road.

Fig 3 - Looking south

Fig 3 - Looking south

A north bound HST working on the fast lines.

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