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Written by Chris Nevard - 04 Feb 2005
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Location notes
A quite vantage point on a quiet dead end lane (leading to a large private house). You will occasionally bump into other rail-nuts there. The spot might be busy on steam hauled railtour days.
Railway type and traffic
South West Trains class 450 Desiros, mainly on the Weybridge to Waterloo via Hounslow service. Until recently this line was a stronghold for class 458's and slam door stock. Several steam hauled railtours take this back-door out of London. Keep and eye on UK Steam Info for dates and timings.
There are about half a dozen of so freight workings a day, featuring departmental, Enterprise and Intermodal working.
Environment
A wooded lane featuring private properties that reflect wealth of the area. The general area is semi rural and quite green. Quiet and safe.
Road directions
Trumps Mill Lane is between Virginia Water and Thorpe Green. If travelling from Virginia Water (from station) direction on B389, watch out for a lane on the right hand after 2/3 mile (1km). The lane is marked as a dead end road and has a name board "Trumps Mill Lane". The nearest motorway junction is junction 11. Chertsey and Woking are about 5-10 minutes away.

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Trumps Mill Lane, Virginia Water, Surrey map co-ordinates
Parking
Park in road on right hand side before the railway bridge, try not to obstruct driveways opposite. The road is private and very narrow after the bridge - no cars beyond this point.

Update: Parking has been restricted in this area, see the forum post notes.
Public transport
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Amenities
Shops in Virginia Water. The Rose and Crown Pub does food and drink on Thorpe Green (Turn right out of Trumps Mill Lane and follow for 2/3 of a mile.
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Trumps Mill Lane, Virginia Water, Surrey

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Trumps Mill Lane, Virginia Water, Surrey



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Photographic notes
Good most times of the day. Winter sun could represent some problems due to large number of trees. All lens combinations work.
The best views are had looking towards Virginia Water (West). Trains are slow due to the slow curve at the station and the grade up towards Trumps Mill Lane bridge and beyond. This would be a good spot for the steam photographer.
It is possible to get a good picture looking East, in sunshine there will be shadows from the trees.


General views - All photographs © Chris Nevard unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west

85mm lens

Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west

200mm lens

Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 4 - Looking east


Fig 4 - Looking east


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