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Written by Craig Leaper - 17 May 2007
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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.
Environment
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.

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Old Oak Lane map co-ordinates
Parking
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.

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Amenities
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.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Old Oak Lane

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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.

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