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Written by Robert Bishop - 28 Jan 2008
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Location notes
The line is the former LSWR. Hook is in between Winchfled and Basingstoke in North Hampshire. The nearest town is Basingstoke.
Railway type and traffic
The station is 2 platforms on the outside of 4 lines, 2 fasts and 2 slows.
Passenger services are all Desiros and 159s. The stopping services are mainly 450s and the fast trains are 444s and 159s.
There are also frequent charters which, during the summer months, can be steam hauled.
Freight is mainly 66 hauled but there is the occasional 59. There are Freightliner intermodals, DB Schenker intermodals, GBRf Gypsum, DB Schenker Departmental, DB Schenker Enterprise (Containers, 4-wheel tanks and covered cars), and Yeoman/MRL Stone. Freight services are about 1 and a half hourly.
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RTT Link Hook Station
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The station is relatively small but is in a large village area. There is a road that goes over the railway a the west end of the platforms. In the evenings some teenagers turn up and hang around on the benches but the platform ends are fine.
Road directions
From the M3, Junction 5:
Head north and take the B3499. Go straight at the next roundabout and the station is next to Tesco. After passing Tesco you can see the tall double-arrows sign . At that sign turn sharply right and go downhill to the station.

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Hook Station map co-ordinates
There is plenty of parking at the station but it is not free. Its okay to leave your car there.
Public transport
There is a bus stop outside the Raven Pub, which is just after the sharp right turning. The number 200 bus stops there.

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There are toilets in Tesco and surprisingly lots of food so you can get a sandwich and a drink. There is also a cosy waiting room.
The Raven Pub is a hotel, it is just after the sharp right turn.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Hook Station

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Hook Station general view map
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Photographic notes
The station has 2 platforms that sit on the slow lines, in between is the fast lines. There is substantial vegetation growing in the ballast areas which will make clean shots of trains in the opposing direction difficult.
The footbridge will provide a higher vantage point over the lines.

General views - All photographs © Robert Bishop unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 4 - Looking east

Fig 4 - Looking east

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