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Written by Joe Patrick - 15 Apr 2004
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Location notes
A junction on the GWML, with many converging and through routes. Lines from Reading go to Farnborough, Basingstoke and Eastleigh, the Berks and Hants towards Westbury and Didcot, Bristol and the west.
Railway type and traffic
South West Trains operate services using Mk.1 slammers, 458s and 170s. First Great Western Link operate services using 165s, 166s and soon to be 180s. First Great Western use HSTs and 180s. Virgin Voyagers also use the station as a through route to Brighton or Turn around to Bournemouth.
Plenty of Freight, mainly 59s, 60s and 66s.
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An urban area, which is staffed and has CCTV cameras. The station has ticket barriers and the cheapest ticket to get you in and out again is a Return to Reading West.
Road directions
The station is well signposted within the town of Reading.

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Reading map co-ordinates
The station has a short stay car park for free parking for 20mins, after that you must move to Long stay and pay a charge.
Public transport
South West Trains, First Great Western operate direct services from London and the west country.

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The station has a coffee bar outside the barriers.
Sun Compass
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Googly map
Streetmap links
Reading general view map
Reading close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary

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Photographic notes
There are several platforms, with all different things to see, an autoannouncer may get in the way of videos and it is advised not to use a tripod.

General views - All photographs © Joe Patrick 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

The terminating platforms for trains from Basingstoke and the Southwest.

Fig 5 - Looking east - Photo by Ewan Tait

Fig 5 - Looking east - <i>Photo by Ewan Tait</i>

The terminating platfrom from Farnborough and Waterloo.

Fig 6 - Looking west - Photo by Ewan Tait

Fig 6 - Looking west - <i>Photo by Ewan Tait</i>

Fig 7 - Looking east - Photo by Ewan Tait

Fig 7 - Looking east - <i>Photo by Ewan Tait</i>

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