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Written by Kevin Lee - 07 Jun 2006
last update by Graham Lee - 29 Aug 2011
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Location notes
As of April 2013 the original bridge has been demolished and has been replaced with a new metal structure a few yards west of the original bridge. Although the shots will not have changed much steps are now essential as the new bridge sides are about 6-7 foot high.

On the Great Western Main Line between Slough and Hayes and Harlington.
Railway type and traffic
FGW passenger services operated by HSTs, IETs and Class 165/166 Turbos and 387 Electrostars.
There is quite a large amount of freight with that on the mainline consisting of the Mendip Stones to/from Merehead, Whatley and Westbury to Acton Yard and South London. Also DBS hauled stone trains to/from South Wales. You also get the freight coming off the Colnbrook branch which consists of Freightliner hauled Bardon stone trains and the DBS Lindsey - Colnbrook bogie tanks.
The location is on a footbridge in a slightly rough area, the path/cycleway goes between a housing estate and an industrial estate, although there are undesirables about the footbridge is fairly well used and the policepersons often come over on their bikes.
Road directions
From the M4, Junction 4:
Join the A408 and head north to Yiewsley/Stockley Park. Continue along the road, you will come to a gigantic crossroads with lots of traffic lights, turn left into Lavender Rise, when you come to the children's play park turn left into Porters Way and go past the Air Traffic Control buildings, at the end of Porters Way turn right into Kingston Lane and go past the Primary School, the road becomes the path over the footbridge.

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Horton Bridge, West Drayton map co-ordinates
You can park where the road 'runs out' and becomes the path, but do not leave valuables on show and lock it good and proper <Ed: Good advice for any location!. It is then a couple of hundred yards walk up to the bridge.
Public transport
FGWLink run an hourly service from London/Reading to West Drayton station, there are also regular buses from all over to West Drayton station.
Exit the station on the north side of the line (where the busses call) and turn left, when you reach the High Street turn right, when you cross the canal turn right and join the towpath, follow this along about 500 yard and you reach Horton Bridge which goes over both the canal and the railway line.

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There are not any toilets on the bridge, but West Drayton high street has eateries.
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Horton Bridge, West Drayton

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Horton Bridge, West Drayton

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Photographic notes
January 2018 Appeal:
The Great Western Electrification continues expanding towards the south-west making most of the GWML shots west of Ealing on the site currently out of date. Please send in your new images of the old locations with the overhead mast and wires in place so people can see how the locations have changed.

January 2014
The new bridge has now had an overhead anti vandal cage fitted making shots from this location very difficult. New images of the bridge and the available shots would be appreciated.

As of April 2013 the original bridge has been demolished and has been replaced with a new metal structure a few yards west of the original bridge. Although the shots will not have changed much steps are now essential as the new bridge sides are about 6-7 foot high.

The line runs almost due east-west here and the line is on a gentle curve through the station. The light is good from when the sun gets up until it crosses the line at around 1600. All lines are photographable, although the mains are a bit nose on, good 'wrong side shots' can be achieved on a cloudy day. You can use both wide angle and zoom lenses here.

Note:Trains comming off/onto the Colnbrook branch go round the back of the station, and you will get advanced warning of their approach by watching the barriers on the branch where a road crosses it into the yard.
Video would be good here although there is quite a lot of noise from the industrial estate, the canal and nearby air conditioning outlets.

General views - All photographs © Kevin Lee unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 1 - Looking east

The down relief line

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

The up main

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

The up relief

Fig 4 - Looking west

Fig 4 - Looking west

An up train leaving the Colnbrook branch

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