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Written by Gary Coupe - 01 May 2006
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Location notes
Located in Berkshire, on the Great Western Mainline, Taplow Station is approximately 2 miles west of Slough.
Railway type and traffic
Taplow is on one of the busiest stretches of the Great Western Mainline, and sees several HSTs & Class 180 'Adelantes' passing at very high speeds on the fast lines. There are occasional Class 165 / 166 services using the fast lines, but the majority of this class stop.
Taplow also sees various freight services, including a fairly regular Class 59 in the mornings.
Environment
The station itself is fairly isolated, being around 1.5 miles from Taplow town centre. I have only visited during the day, but as the station is only manned until mid-afternoon, I would recommend against spending time there alone after dark.
Road directions
From the M4, Junction 7:
Exit the motorway and at the roundabout turn left and head down the A4. About a mile and a half down the road turn right (signposted station) and arrive at the station.

Taplow Station map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a small car park at the station, although to my knowledge, there is no security.
Public transport
During the week, First Great Western Link operate a half hourly service from both London Paddington and Reading.
Amenities
There are no buffet facilities on the station, although there are cold drink and snacks available from vending machines on the London-bound platform. There is also a petrol station on nearby Approach Road, to the north of the station. More local information can be found at the Taplow website.
Accommodation
There is a Travelodge and Premier Travel Inn in Slough, approx 2 miles away.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Taplow Station

Googly map
Streetmap links
Taplow Station general view map
Taplow Station close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
Taplow Station



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Photographic notes
Standard GW platform arangements with the fasts straight through on one side and the slows on a curve on the other. The shot west of the slows is a bit obscured by SandT boxes.
The footbridge is open and can also provide opportunities.


General views - All photographs Gary Coupe 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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