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Written by Wayland Smith - 26 Apr 2005
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Location notes
A densley populated suburb of Plymouth, on the main Plymouth - Penzance line.
Railway type and traffic
Mostly Wessex Class 150 153 and 158 units along with First Great Western HSTs and a few Virgin Voyagers. There are a few Arriva Class 158 workings during the day.
Freight traffic is mainly DB Schenker 66s, although running on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings the Moorswater cement is a FLHH 66.
A road bridge and station in Plymouth, not far from the main Dockyards. Not too bad during the day, but best avoided after dusk.
Road directions
From the A386 Plymouth - Saltash main road, come off at the Ford roundabout, just north of Central Park. If you go under the railway viaduct then take two left turns, this road will take you to the bridge through the 'Home Zone'

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Dockyard Station map co-ordinates
There is plenty of parking around the station. There also offset parking around the pub and nearby streets, so it should be possible to have your car in sight all the time.
Public transport
A bus service also operates from the B3396 outside nearby Devonport station. Dockyard has a fairly erratic train service. Using a street atlas or printout it is possible to walk from Plymouth station in around 40min.

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There is a pub by the bridge. The nearest shop is a few streets away on the B3396 near Devonport Station.
There are plenty of hotels / Bed and Breakfasts in Plymouth to suit all budgets. This website lists some.
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Dockyard Station

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Photographic notes
Both from the down platform and bridge, you need an up train (towards Plymouth) in the afternoon, as the line is roughly north - south here. A nice shot of trains crossing the viaduct can be done from just to one side of the bridge - steps advantageous.
There is not much by way of a down shot on offer here. It is not particularly noisy place, but there are always people about.

For a bit of variety, the next bridge towards Plymouth (Haddington Road) offers another up shot in the afternoon, but you will lose this to shadow much earlier than Dockyard, which holds light very well into the evening.
This is a particularly useful shot for returning Eden Project Charters and evening freight such as the Moorswater - Earles Cement on Tue / Thur. There are few others at this angle to the sun between Penzance and Newton Abbot.

General views - All photographs © Wayland Smith unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

Taken from the platform end

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Next to the bridge looking over the viaduct

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