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South Central London, around 2 miles from Victoria. In a complex area of track work near Stewarts Lane and in close proximity to many stations (Overground, Underground) and buses.
Railway type and traffic
Southern 456 regular, occasional 377 working on the Victoria - London Bridge. Parliamentary 377/4 service to and from Kensington Olympia once daily. Southeastern Class 465, 466, 375 and occasional 376. Class 508s have a regular ECS to Gillingham and back.
The majority of freight is runs between 10:00 - 15:00, but it certainly a 24 hour location.
DB Schenker 59 and 66, Hanson 59, Aggregate Industries 59, Occasional Saturdays Only (Q) Class 60, Freightliner Class 66, GBRf Class 73 or 66, Colas Class 47 and 56 (when operable) and regular DRS Class 37 on Dungeness workings.
It is also one of the few places in London you can still see a class 37/4 in regional rail colours... A mural on the station ramp!
The station seems to have a bad reputation. I have been at this station from morning until night, and despite a high urban population, I can report no crime problems, and I think it is a good and secure place to be. Any antisocial behaviour occurs across the road, and it is thus a safe station. It is in the inner suburbs of London, close to Clapham, Battersea, Vauxhall. But as with all locations remain vigilant at all times and keep your equipment safe.
The station is unstaffed and you do not need a ticket to get to the platforms.
From Clapham Common where the A3 and A205 South Circular Road meet, take the A3220 towards Earls Court. Turn right at the first set of traffic lights into Lavender Hill and keep going straight until you get to the station. Wandsworth Road map co-ordinates
Street parking nearby but given the location it might not be to your liking to leave a car there for any period of time.
Southern Railway: Half hourly service from Victoria, Battersea Park, Denmark Hill, London Bridge and Peckham Rye.
Bus route 77 is the best to Lavender Hill (5 minutes walk to Clapham Junction), Earlsfield, Tooting, Vauxhall, Waterloo
Bus route 87 to Vauxhall Station, Westminster, Clapham Junction
Bus route P5 to Stockwell, Brixton, Elephant & Castle
There is a newsagents just outside the station entrance. There are also a number of fast food outlets, including a McDonnalds, along the street under the railway bridge.
The Chelsea Guest House
comes highly reccomended.
Where on the map
Railway Gen Group
Stand on Platform 2 until 14:00, and Platform 1 after this. It will ensure the best cover from the light. Any view looking north will probably involve the famous Battersea Power Station.
Light is usually good; at any time of the day you can always find a good place to stand and photograph or video (Victoria end Platform 1 or 2, Denmark Hill end Platform 1 or 2, Footbridge looking NW / SE)
A favourable location in the afternoons is the end of Platform 1, away from the Starter Signal. In the mornings, use the Intermediate part of the footbridge from Platform 2, as it gives an excellent angle.
Extra video notes
There is a scrap yard very close by which can be noisy at times.
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Links to photographs at this location
General views - All photographs © Paul Bowery unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west
view from the footbridge looking towards Battersea Power Station.
Stopping services to Victoria take the viaduct curving to the left. Just past the small brick building is another curve which is used by non passenger trains towards Clapham Junction and the West London Line.
Fig 2 - Looking south east
View from the footbridge in the other direction. The Eurostars and most of the fast Victoria trains use the left hand pair of tracks.
Fig 3 - Looking north
Fig 4 - The Wandsworth Road
The view of the station entrance.
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