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Written by Nic Joynson - 30 Jun 2005
last update by Alisdair Anderson - 27 Jul 2008
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Location notes
Dudswell is on the West Coast Main Line between Tring and Berkhampsted, approximately 30 minutes as the Pendolino flies north of London Euston. Cow Roast is the nearest hamlet.
Railway type and traffic
Traffic is plenty of Pendolinos, London Midland Desiros and freights from DB Schenker, Freightliner, DRS and GBRf.
The line is four track, with the fast lines being on the south side of the line and the slow lines being on the north side of the line. Freight seems to be restricted to the slow lines, with most Virgin West Coast trains being on the fast lines. London Midland trains utilise both lines.
Environment
This location is in open fields with the line running in an approximately north westerly direction; there are a variety of shots available as the line moves through gently undulating hills.
The edge of the fields for around 1 mile are on a slight embankment overlooking the line; there are shots to the east and west of a footbridge over which a footpath passes.
Road directions
Dudswell can be accessed from the A4251, either from the Tring direction or the Hemel Hempstead/Berkhampsted direction. If coming from the M25, best route is the exit the M25 at junction 20 then the A41(T) north to the Tring station exit, then exit right, under the A41 and then turn left into the A4251. The turning to Cow Roast is the third turning on the left after the A41 junction. Approaching through Berkhampsted is not recommended due to traffic calming.

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Dudswell, Cow Roast map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a small lay-by about 0.5km from the A4251 next to a footpath called the 'Chiltern way' or similar. If that's full, then probably back to the A4251 turning.
Public transport
Best accessed from Tring station, and then walking along the tow path of the Grand Union Canal.

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Amenities
There are some services on the A41(T) heading south, which features McDonalds and a petrol station. There is a Waitrose supermarket in Berkhampsted.
Sun Compass
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Dudswell, Cow Roast

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Dudswell, Cow Roast



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Photographic notes
The southbound shots have the sun on the front from around 13:00 BST until 16:00 BST, the northbound shots from 16:00 BST onwards. There are shots on the fast and slow lines at all locations.
There is a two way shot to the south of the footbridge which has an unsightly gantry to the north. There is a south bound shot to the north of the footbridge, and a further two way shot nearer to Tring.

Due to the vegetation at the location this location is 'preferable' during the spring and early summer months.


General views - All photographs © Nic Joynson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 1 - Looking south

F.rom north of the footbridge

Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

From north of the footbridge

Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north

From north of the footbridge

Fig 4 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north

From south of the footbridge

Fig 5 - Looking south



Fig 5 - Looking south

From south of the footbridge

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