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Written by Albert Dawson - 03 Jan 2004
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Location notes
Overlooking the Midland Main Line, about 8 miles north of St Pancras.
Railway type and traffic
Mostly Midland Main line HSTís and Turbostars (170ís) soon to in clued 221 Meridians. Only a small amount of freight.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Five Ways, Hendon
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Environment
High traffic footbridge between two north London housing estates, . You get some funny looks from the locals. But probably best avoided after dark.
Road directions
Heading out of London on the A1 pull into the BP service station after Five Ways Corner. Keep left to get into the car park.

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Five Ways, Hendon map co-ordinates
Parking
Best to park in the 5 Ways Retail park as the petrol station is quite busy. There may be time restrictions in the car park.
Public transport
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Amenities
The location is next to a large petrol station with a shop and bakery etc, if you are really hungry there is a TGI Fridayís there too!
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Five Ways, Hendon

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Streetmap links
Five Ways, Hendon general view map
Five Ways, Hendon close up map

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Five Ways, Hendon



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Photographic notes
The location is best suited to northbound services and is on the east side of the line so it will favour morning light. There are shots of southbound trains but there is pretty much no notice of approaching trains until they are right on top of you. The southbound slow road is closest to the location and you can get an interesting set of height based angles on trains, but still with the advanced notice restraint.
Extra video notes
Although the location looks good the line runs parallel to the M1 motorway, traffic noise makes the location pretty much unusable unless you are shooting silent movies or post dubbing the audio.
Links to photographs at this location

Rail-net - Last runs of the 47's


General views - All photographs © Albert Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 1 - Looking south

The main shot of northbound trains, they can be framed between the OLE masts.

Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

However the reverse of fig 1 is marred by the OLE mast.

Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south

This telephoto shot shows the curve to the south of the location, it was masked in mid winter by bushes. In the summer it will be hidden by them.

Fig 4 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north

Coming down the steps of the footbridge offers a different set of perspectives by varying the height against the track. This shot is only useful for southbound slow trains.

Fig 5 - Looking north



Fig 5 - Looking north

Coming down the steps of the footbridge offers a different set of perspectives by varying the height against the track lower still this time. This shot is only useful for southbound slow trains.

Fig 6 - Looking south



Fig 6 - Looking south

Advance notice of southbound trains is very limited as this snatched shot will testify.

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