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Ford Crossing is deep in the Surrey Hills on the Guildford - Dorking Line adjacent to and north of the village of Albury. The nearest major town is Guildford and the location is off the A25.
Railway type and traffic
Usually just the normal passenger services (First Great Western Link services) operated by 165s. Steam specials often use this line. The specials are usually circular tours (The Downsman and VSOE luncheon excursions) from London Victoria passing Guildford and Redhill and returning to Victoria via East Croydon. The line itself not electrified.
It is in open fields.
From Guildford take the A25/A246 towards Leatherhead, turn right at Clandon and continue along the A25 towards Shere, over the top of the North Downs and down the other side. At the base of the Downs turn right onto the A248. Where the road bears right, turn left on to New Road and climb the hill. About 200 yards from where the road levels out behind some trees, you will see Albury Cricket ground. Park there and on foot walk along the foot path towards the Cricket Pavilion. Behind the Pavilion you will see a path that disappears into heathland follow that path until you come to a barbed wire fence that separates the heathland from a field. This field offers several views of the Guildford to Dorking Line.
The location is on the northern side of the line so you are shooting towards the sun all year but reasonable shots can be taken. It is a good spot for Steam locomotives as after a standing start from the water stop at Shalford it is uphill all the way to Dorking so the locomotive is working hard, especially with 11 Pullman coaches on, they have been known to slip at this location.
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