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Written by Daniel Hillebrandt - 30 Jul 2006
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Location notes
Located in Surrey, near Guildford. The station is not far from the junction south of Guildford, Shalford station is on the line that branches off east towards Redhill.
Railway type and traffic
Usually just the normal passenger services (First Great Western Link services) operated by 165s. Steam specials often arrive at Shalford and stop, for approx. 40 minutes, whilst they have their tenders refilled with water from an ex fire engine. The steam specials are usually circular tours (The Downsman and VSOE luncheon excursions) from London Victoria passing Guildford and Redhill and returning to Victoria via East Croydon. The line itself is un-electrified.
There are 4 bridges that cross the railway here. 1 is the main road bridge, 2 footpath bridges (both over and accessible from the station) and a small road/bridleway bridge West of the station.
From the road/bridleway bridge you can look west towards the Junction. The line itself is on a curve to the right. You can just about see the junction through some trees. Beware - this bridge or path is not lit and does get dark! Other than that it is a quiet area.
Road directions
From Guildford on the A3:
Head South along the A3 and take the exit for B3000 (not far out of Guildford). Follow the B3000 (sign posted all the way) until you reach the roundabout for the A3100 Old Portsmouth Road. Take the second exit for the A3100. After 1/2 mile turn left onto Tilthams Corner Road, then another 1/2 mile and turn left onto Trunley Heath Road follwed by another 1/2 mile onto A281 Horsham Road. Follow this road until you reach the station on the right.

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Shalford map co-ordinates
Car parks are available in several locations.
Public transport
Trains run frequently from Guildford and Redhill.

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There is a lovely pub on the north side of the Station - best way is to follow the exit from the station.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.

Googly map
Streetmap links
Shalford general view map
Shalford close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary

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Photographic notes
West of Shalford station (over the road the trains pass under) there is a field with a road that leads towards some accommodation and another bridge across the railway (bridge can be seen from main road bridge for identification).
From the bridge, you can look west around the curve and towards the junction (great for photographs) or east towards the station (OKish for photographs). The best position for photographing is over a small wire fence which is on the left of the bridge as you face West. The area has wonderful scenery and background. Very dark at night but plenty of sunlight during the day. The best time to take photographs in morning and early evening. Mid-dayish is OK but the sun is directly above and avoid late afternoons/evenings if possible as it will be if front of you.

As of January 2013 there are a couple of small bushes that, during the summer mightencroach on shots.

General views - All photographs © Daniel Hillebrandt unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west

Fig 1 - Looking north west

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking east

Fig 4 - Looking west

Fig 4 - Looking west

From the wrong side of the bridge looking towards Guildford.

Fig 5 - The fence for fig 1

Fig 5 - The fence for fig 1

This is the fence that you will need to 'see' over in order to take the shot in fig 1.

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