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Written by Marcus Dawson - 20 Aug 2007
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Location notes
This location is a road way outside some houses with a small grass area between yourself and the line. There is a palisade fence between you and the location, but the line is on an embankment and as such is above the fence.
Railway type and traffic
The line here is a freight only line between Cricklewood and Acton. There are only a few timetabled workings to use this line, but it is often used by test trains and stock movements between the Midland Main line and the south. Also to the north is the junction from Neasden, which allows access to the Marylebone lines west to either Amersham and Aylesbury or to High Wycombe and beyond.
Timetabled workings include the 'Binliner', some stone and cement workings and the Neasden FLHH traffic.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Crome Road, Brent
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Environment
The location is on the edge of a modern housing estate in North London, seems quite and peaceful but you are best keeping you eyes open. The area seems fairly quiet and civilised, but vigilance will be required at all times.
Road directions
From the A406, North Circular westbound:
Just after the foot bridge opposite Ikea turn left into Woodheys Road and continue south into Bridge Road. You will shortly pass under the line and then turn left into Tynsdale Road and left again into Crome Road.

From the A406, North Circular eastbound:
Turn in towards Ikea but head straight across the roundabout and follow Durury Way all the way round, going straight across two roundabouts, into Grand Central Way. Grand Central way joins the A406 North Circular and you will almost immediately come to the foot bridge mentioned above.

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Crome Road, Brent map co-ordinates
Parking
The location is a road, and you can (at the time of writing) park in the street without restriction.
Public transport
There are a number of buses that run along Church Road.

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Amenities
There are a few shops back on Church Road.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Crome Road, Brent

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Streetmap links
Crome Road, Brent general view map
Crome Road, Brent close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
Crome Road, Brent



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Photographic notes
The line here is running pretty much north to south. You are to the east of the track so the location should be well lit up till around lunch time. Southbound workings should be on after 09:00, and northbound workings could be shot up until then during the summer months.
As mentioned there is palisade fencing, but the track level is above this and you can easily get shots with all the bogies in view. There are also semaphores along this line, but the shot of the southbound train passing the one here is marred by some large bushes.


General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 4 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north

Sadly the 'peg' shot at this location is marred by the overgrown bushes, the lampost could be worked around tho.

Location Video



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