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An over bridge over the main lines from London to Gatwick and Brighton. The cutting the lines are in is very deep, and consequentially you get a very high angle. The fast and slow lines are in separate cuttings at this point having split at Stoats Nest Junction. The slow lines being, at this point, on the west.
Railway type and traffic
Frequent electric multiple units belonging to Thameslink and South Central Trains.
Either class 319s, and newer Electrostars. Also the frequent Gatwick Express shuttle is handled mainly by class 460s.
The bridge is high up. There is a parapet along the bridges, this is well over head height, but the parapet stops in the middle allowing a good view of the lines below.
From the M25, Junction 7:
Join the M23 and head north. This road soon become the A23, continue along the road through the village area and you will notice a new looking bridge on your right at some traffic lights. This is Netherne Drive, which is the location.
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The pavements are quite wide across the bridge on the north side, so it should be possible to park here off the road.
Coulsdon South station is about a mile and a half north of the location, it should be possible to walk down the pavements of the A23 from there.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There are a couple of petrol stations within a short walk of the location.
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Quarry Tunnels (North End), Hooley
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Given the height of the cutting the sun will need to be very high in the sky to reach down to track level. The lines are pretty much south facing, so this will be pretty much any time from around 11:00 to 13:00, depending on the time of the year.
The bridge parapet is above head height, so it would be advisable to have steps or something if you are planning on going when the location might be busy.
There are more bridges to the south of this location offering similar shots, they have lower parapets but they have a safety caging/fencing that restricts the views.
For shots of north bound trains on either the slows or fasts a slightly longer lens would help to get 'over' the pipeline that runs just next to the bridge.
Road noise might be a problem from the A23 that runs parallel to the location.
April 2007: Due to a large number of land slips at this location network rail has undertaken bank strengthening works here. The fitting of this metal grid along the length of the cutting has required the stripping back of all the line side vegetation, thus cleaning up the shot.
General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
The fast lines.
Fig 2 - Looking north
In this enlarged view, of the fast lines, you can see the dive under for the slow lines.
Fig 3 - Looking south
The fast lines
The bridge to the south provides a similar shot but has protective fencing blocking the view.
Fig 4 - Looking north
The slow lines
Fig 5 - Looking north
This enlarged view of the slow lines shows the fasts on a bridge over the top. It should be possible to run from the slow lines bridge to the fast lines bridge and grab a shot if you are prepared to move, but you would have to be quick if the train was running quickly!
Fig 6 - Looking south
This view of the slows also shows the pipe line that runs level with the bridge. A longer lens will get your shot past this.
Fig 7 - Location overview
Taken from the eastern edge of the bridges. The bridge over the fast lines is closest, with the slows in the distance. Unless you have steps you will need to stand at either end of the bridge parapets as they are around 7 foot high.
Also of note is the width of the southern (left) pavement although wide enough to stand it there is not a lot of room.. Between the bridges and also at the edges is a crash barrier that provides a good 'lift'.
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