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Written by Craig Leaper - 02 Jan 2007
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Location notes
A small town station in a rural setting, quiet and in a cutting, approximately 28 minutes from London by One Great Eastern. One stop further east than the busy suburban town of Romford on the Great Eastern Mainline from London to Norwich.

Please beware:
There is a strong possibility of getting 'bowled' here due to the island platform nature of the station (when a slow London bound stopper sits in the platform for time, as they always do, the eastbound fast line view is blocked completely, in particular at peak times with 8 car sets).
Railway type and traffic
As the station is on the Great Eastern Main Line, a variety of traffic can be seen. This is one of the busier stretches of the line, due to the fact that the Southend and Southminster branches are yet to branch off. Therefore, expect to see 321s, 360s, 315s, 170s and 90s+DVTs on One Great Eastern / One Anglia services.
There are many Freightliners that pass through the station heading to and from Felixstowe, with haulage usually a 90 or 66, but can be pairs of 86s. DB Schenker freight to Marks Tey passes the station, as does GBRf Intermodals (both 66 hauled usually). Two DRS flask services pass the station, one can be caught in daylight in the summer (that from Sizewell) but the other runs during darkness from Southminster.
Environment
As with all suburban locations, one must have their wits about them at all times, but in daylight hours you should be fine. The station is manned by a guard on the platform at all times that whistles the trains away, and these people are generally very friendly.
Road directions
From the A12/A127 (Gallows Corner), take the A118 'Main Road' towards Romford at the roundabout. Continue towards Romford on this road as far as the traffic light junction in central Gidea Park with Balgores Lane. Here, bear left and follow this road and park as near as you can to the station over bridge.

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Gidea Park Station map co-ordinates
Parking
Not particularly a dodgy area to leave your car, but beware that double yellow lines are dominant around the station area and on side roads, so you might have a fair walk back to the station. Best bet is to park down 'Crossways' (the left turn immediately before the over bridge), but the car park is season ticket holders only.
Public transport
By Train:
One Great Eastern Metro services run at 10 minute intervals on a weekday off peak and on a Saturday to/from Shenfield or London Liverpool Street - some trains turn back at Gidea Park in the peak from London.

By Bus:
The 294 from Romford station heading towards Noak Hill stops here, as does the 496 from Romford station to Harold Wood station (beware this bus goes round the houses).

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Amenities
There is a public toilet, not recommended though. The small parade of shops above the station serves enough food to keep you going and magazines to read if it gets boring.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Gidea Park Station

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Photographic notes
Watch out for the digitized announcer if videoing, but otherwise its silent! Best platform is 3 and 4 and the shot looking west of the eastbound fast line is excellent if you aren't bowled. Also shooting London bound fast trains is good panning across the tracks.


General views - All photographs © Craig Leaper unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east


Fig 1 - Looking north east


Fig 2 - Looking south west


Fig 2 - Looking south west


Fig 3 - Looking north east


Fig 3 - Looking north east


Fig 4 - Looking south west


Fig 4 - Looking south west

The slow platform.

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