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Situated on the Cambridge / Ely - Ipswich line, close to the Cambridgeshire - Suffolk country boundary. Newmarket is a few miles to the west and Bury St. Edmunds a few miles to the east.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger: Anglia DMUs - 170s working Ipswich - Peterborough (about every 2 hours) and Ipswich - Cambridge.
Freight: mostly container trains to and from Felixstowe (GBRf, Freightliner and DB Schenker), plus stone trains a few times a week to Kennett stone terminal (1.5 miles east of the station), Barham (north of Ipswich) and Bury St. Edmunds. When the south end of the West Coast Main Line or the Great Eastern Main Line south of Ipswich is closed, Freightliner trains from the Midlands, the North West and Scotland are diverted this way.
Kennett station is about half a mile south of Kennett village on the B1085. There are a few houses nearby. The B1085 is fairly quiet, but has some traffic.
Note: although the A14 runs parallel to the railway at this point, there is no direct access from it to the road past Kennett station. From the east, the easiest access is from the A14 (westbound).From the east:
Leave at the B1506, signed for Kentford and Kennett; turn right at the second crossroads (after almost 2 miles, in Kennet End) onto the B1085 which leads to the station.From the north, south or west, it is best to approach from the A11 at Red Lodge:
The A14 from Cambridge and A11 from Stump's Cross (M11 junction) form the Newmarket Bypass, and the A142 from Ely joins this - continue east and take the A11 towards Thetford and Norwich. Leave the A11 at Red Lodge, and follow the B1085 to Kennett; the station is about half a mile after the village. From the centre of Newmarket, head north west on the A1304, forking right onto the B1506 on the edge of town. After about 3 miles turn left at the crossroads in Kennet End just after the speed limit begins (onto the B1085 to Kennett).Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Kennett map co-ordinates
Either park in the station car park or on the wide grass verge by the bridge on the south side of the line.
The Cambridge - Ipswich Anglia trains call at Kennett, although most of the Peterborough - Ipswich ones do not.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There is a pub in Kennet End, 0.5 mile south on B1085. Other nearest facilities in Newmarket.
The nearest accommodation will probably be in Newmarket.
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Note from the editor:
Since this location was written up the signal box has been moved to the Clone Valley Railway
. Although the physical layout of the track has not changed the signal box no longer features in the shot. It is unclear from the update if the semaphores are still in situ and updated images would be appreciated.
There are two spots for taking photos - the station platforms and the road over bridge to the east of the station. The pavement on one side of the road bridge is quite narrow, but the road is not busy and, due to the narrow bridge, traffic is controlled by traffic lights. For videographers, there are good views both ways, especially to the east (where the line is very straight). Traffic noise from the nearby A14 may be a distant hum; traffic on the B1085 is light.
From the bridge it is possible to get shots of trains in both directions, although looking east is quite head on if the sun is out due to the trees on the south side of the line.
The shot from the end of the up (westbound) platform is good looking west.If the sun is not out, shots can be taken from the down (eastbound) platform looking east; this shot is also possible with the sun out late on summer evenings, but shadows will be a problem as the line is in a cutting and there are plenty of tall trees.
The line runs approximately east-west here, so shots are possible for most of the day from around 09:00. The sun comes off the nose of eastbound trains and onto the nose of westbound trains at about 13:00. Tall trees on the south side of the line will probably prevent photography from the bridge in winter. Further comments are included with the photos below.
It is possible to get closer to the rather fine signal at the west end of the station by walking down the field (which appears to be just waste ground) on the south side of the line, although this is not a public right of way. A standard lens is needed and steps are useful to remove line side vegetation and the wire fence from the shot.
Another location close by which is really good for westbound trains (especially long freights) is the A14 bridge, about half a mile east of the station. The trackside is clear of vegetation, and a semaphore signal also features in the middle distance. This location is reached by parking in the lay-by on the A14 eastbound carriageway (after crossing the railway) and walking back. The A14 is VERY busy, but once at the bridge you stand on the bank well away from the road. The sun would be alright for much of the day up to about 16:00 with the sun on the nose from about midday. Traffic noise would be a major problem for videos.
General views - All photographs © Brian Carter unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east - Image © Mark Tassell
The new look for Kennett station with the signal box and semaphores removed.
Fig 2- Looking east - Image © Mark Tassell
Fig 3 - Looking west
All the semaphore signals have been removed and a colour light signal will feature on the left hand side of the image.
From the up platform . This was taken at about 10am in early August, using a 200mm lens to pull in the signals. Earlier than this the sun is not really far enough round to be on the side of the train.
Fig 4 - Looking west
From the road bridge . This shot has now altered as the signal box has been moved to the Clone Valley Railway
in December 2011. This shot, featuring the signalbox, was taken in late July at about 10am using a 135mm lens.
Fig 5 - Looking east
From the road bridge. This was taken in late July at about 10.30am, using a 135mm lens. The sun is not yet on the nose, but would be right from about 1pm, but watch the shadows from the trees on the right.
The semaphore has been removed.
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