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Written by Christopher Ward - 01 Dec 2005
last update by Stephen Hodgson - 03 Feb 2006
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Location notes
The marshes of the end of the River Arun and gently rolling farmland surround the virtually isolated station (but there is a pub there..!)
Railway type and traffic
Southern Electrostars, SWT Desiros and Turbostars, Wessex 158s and the odd steam special.
Environment
It is set in the middle of farmland with a pub next door.
Also there is The Engine Shed, model railway shop, located right next to Ford station which is open 7 days a week.
Road directions
From Arundel on the A24 or A27, follow signs toward Littlehampton and you will cross the level crossing next to the station after about 2-3 miles.

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Ford Station map co-ordinates
Parking
Plenty of car parking in the industrial complex.
Public transport
Train from Brighton or Portsmouth / Chichester or from London via Horsham.

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Amenities
There are Toilets on station.
There is no longer a Public House right next to the station but there is still one on the river to the South-East Approx 200m away. Take the road south towards Littlehampton then take the 1st left at pub sign, 'The Ship and Anchor'
Accommodation
There are some hotels in Arundel, or in Brighton if going by train.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Ford Station

Googly map
Streetmap links
Ford Station general view map
Ford Station close up map

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Ford Station



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Photographic notes
Light is good if sunny for facing East (Brighton-bound) but not so great for west (Portsmouth) bound trains after they have passed through. If cloudy, good generally. Both directions accessible from platform 1, although you need to be ready for eastbound trains due to a sharp curve, but a crossing means they sound the horn as a warning anyway. Also good from the level crossing looking uphill toward the Littlehampton Junction.


General views - All photographs © Christopher Ward unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking east - Picture by Stephen Hodgson


Fig 3 - Looking east - <i>Picture by Stephen Hodgson</i>

To reach this shot, cross the road at the level crossing on the south side where there is a gate and stile, go over the stile and follow the reasonably well-worn path through two small fields, parallel to the fence of the storage compound, to the bank which you will need to climb up.
This is the bank of the River Arun. The location is facing east, unfortunately the opposite bank is not accessible and the view back to Ford station is partially obscured by trees on the trackside and in the storage compound. It is good for afternoon views of westbound trains, particularly in sunshine. Anything longer than six carriages will be obscured by more vegetation near Arundel East Junction, unless you have a very wide-angle lens and can photograph the head of the train nearer this end of the bridge. The junctions are speed-restricted and trains therefore approach reasonably slowly eastbound, looking under the bridge one can also watch trains approaching down the Mid-Sussex line from Horsham from soon after leaving Arundel station.

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