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Tamworth is a small town around 14 miles north-east of Birmingham.
Railway type and traffic
Tamworth station is a dual level station. The upper level is served by the Derby - Birmingham line, and the lower level is situated on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) between Lichfield and Nuneaton.
Both these routes see dozens of trains every day, including many freights.
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Tamworth is no more or less safe than any other station. It is staffed whilst the virgin services are running, from the first arrival in the morning to the last at night. There are numerous CCTV cameras on the station.
The station itself is on the outskirts of the town, with fields stretching as far as the eye can see to the north. The River Anker is nearby, and there are also several walks available to the hiking fraternity. Numerous bird species can also be seen flying over the station.
Parking costs £6.50 a pay (October 2009)
The amount of parking at Tamworth has now been increased by using a temporary steel stand on top of the existing carpark. This is part of London Midlands commitment to increase car parking at its stations.
Trains run regularly from both the Derby and Birmingham directions, but the service on the WCML is much less regular, even during weekdays.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There are toilets and other amenities located on the lower level only, platform 1.
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Tamworth general view map
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Photographers need to have their wits about them on this station! Non-stopping trains pass through Tamworth at very high speeds from all directions.
From the landing of the stairs to platform 4 (fig 3), and also from either of the southern ends of the lower platforms, one has a clear view south along the WCML. This is probably the favoured spot for shooting trains passing by on the WCML.
From the end of platform 2 (fig 1) people equipped with zoom lenses would get a good shot of any trains coming to and from the Derby direction, but be aware that you will not get much notice.
However the station is not very large, despite having long platforms, so scouting for fresh angles should be easy enough.
Update by Carl Davis - 19-05-09:
Unfortunately the shot looking back to the station in fig 1 is no longer possible due to the platform not being there.
Platform 2 now ends by the stairs to platform 4.
The north end of platform 2 has been extended to almost by the road bridge.
This allows photography and videoing of any freight passing northbound on platform 1.
The signal box on the low level is no longer there either.
The overhead catenary through the moddle of the low level has been replaced by overhead supports that cover all 4 low level tracks allowing an unobstructed view.
Links to photographs at this location
UK Railpics - Tamworth
General views - All photographs © Jim Murphy unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west
Fig 2 - Looking north
Fig 3 - Looking east
Fig 4 - Looking west
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