trainspots logo

Written by Craig Leaper - 17 May 2007
New Mobile Site
We have just launched a new mobile version of this site - m.trainspots. This page will use your smart device's GPS to loctate you and guide you to locations that are close to your present location.
Location notes
Situated right next to Old Oak Common depot, on the North London Line just west of Willesden, covering the lines going down Acton bank and the line round to Richmond. The lines to Dudding Hill and the West London line to Kensington Olympia do not pass under here.
Railway type and traffic
From here the majority of traffic is London Overground 378s, and also the voyager services heading to/from Brighton and Reading.
Several booked freights into Acton Yard can yield 59s, 60s or 66s. The occasional special / esc working will turn up.
As with all inner city locations, beware after dark, but the bridge is on a main road and well lit.
Road directions
From A40 west, bear left onto Victoria Road in North Acton or right (from A40 east) into the same road, then follow'"A4000 - Harlesden and Willesden' round the one way system. Cross over the bridge over the Central Line station and continue under next railway bridge. When you reach the Old Oak Lane traffic lights, park in the vicinity and head onto the road bridge.

Click here to set up your location for directions to this location

Old Oak Lane map co-ordinates
The best place to park is restaurant car park beneath bridge.
Public transport
The nearest stations are either North Acton or Willesden Junction. Silverlink trains operate on the North London Line on a 15 minute frequency off peak between Stratford and Richmond, and also at a 20 minute frequency between London Euston and Watford Junction. Also it is possible to catch the Bakerloo line here.
North Acton is served by Central Line trains from Ealing Broadway and West Ruislip in the west. If you did not fancy the 5 minute walk from either of these, then the 266 bus runs frequently up and down the A4000, also linking you with Acton Main Line station.

Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
The restaurant below the bridge is probably best for this Good munchies - ED. Else there is an off license just up the road towards Willesden Junction station, and other eateries around.
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.
Old Oak Lane

Googly map
Streetmap links
Old Oak Lane general view map
Old Oak Lane close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
Old Oak Lane

Who likes this location on facebook

Railway Gen Group
South East Gen
Photographic notes
Video is poor due to traffic, but the shot is best in the afternoon as the head of the train will be lit up as well as sides. The shot looking towards the west (other side of the bridge) is not so great, but the east side provides a nice shot, in particular if you can get the train coming across the canal bridge.

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

Fig 1 - Looking east

From Wilesden High Level

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

From Wilesden yard.

Back to the top

All information contained within this is site is Trainspots. The images used on this site remain the property of the original photographer, as credited at the top of the page, and are used with their kind permission.

The information on these pages is supplied for the benefit of railway enthusiasts who carry out a harmless hobby, and through the medium of photography and video, actually promote the railway industry. Railway enthusiasts can also act as eyes and ears against railway vandalism, and as such should surely be encouraged to do so by the supply of adequate information such as is found on this website.

This site has been created to assist railway photographers in their travels around the country. It is based on the personal knowledge and experience. No liability can be held against the web site or its contributions for incorrect information. Trainspots will endeavour to check all information and corrections will be accepted and posted accordingly.

Advice as to the locations general environment is given as a guide on each page. This information is a GUIDE only. ALWAYS be careful with your equipment, Trainspots can not be held responsible for your personal security. Avoid leaving your property on display for all to see, be aware of your surroundings at all times. There are, sadly, people who will not think twice about trying to steal your equipment.

Trainspots DOES NOT condone trespass and none of the information on this site should be taken as a right to trespass on either railway or private land. To the best of our knowledge all locations are publicly accessible areas, where they are not contact information will be given to the appropriate authority for permission to be obtained.

The content of this site is created and intended for all age ranges but the content of sites linked from this site are not subject to the same intentions. Trainspots will attempt to check links for validity but as time passes and the site grows this will not always be possible. Broken, or indeed updates to, links should be submitted to the editor for inclusion in the updates. All links external to the Trainspots site are opened in a new browser window. Trainspots has been running now for over 10 years and there are imitation sites and guides to railfotspots. But we are a free site and we continue on the path we started out on over a decade ago to provide a useful guide to UK Railway Photographic Locations.