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Written by Richard Tearle - 02 May 2006
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Location notes
Aspley Guise is located on the Bedford-Bletchley line, between the stations of Woburn Sands and Ridgmont, on the northern outskirts of village it serves. The platforms are staggered either side of the crossing, with those for Bletchley bound traffic to the west of the crossing. There is a small waiting shelter on platforms which can provide shelter from sudden downpours.
Railway type and traffic
The Bedford Bletchley line is operated by London Midland trains that run a mostly hourly service between the two stations, with all trains stopping at all of the stations on route, Monday to Saturday. Trains stop by request at Kempston Hardwick. There are no scheduled passenger trains on Sunday. These are operated by a small fleet of sprinter 150/1 units.
There are a number of freight workings, the most numerous being DB Schenker departmental workings to and from Forders Virtual Quarry (just to the east of Stewartby station). These workings serve locations on both the WCML and MML.
There is also a Tuesday and Friday, at the time of writing, morning Bletchley to Peak Forest stone empties, which leaves Bletchley between 10:20 and 10:40 - although earlier and later timings have been noted.
Environment
This small station is on the very northern outskirts of Aspley Guise, with most of the housing and light industry hidden behind trees to the south, and open fields to the north. Few people use the station. There is a small waiting shelter on the platforms which can provide shelter from sudden downpours. The old crossing cottage is still standing on the north-west side of the site, although it is currently empty.
Road directions
From the M1, Junction 13:
Exit and head south on the A507. Continuing on this road (and ignoring the popular turn to Leighton Buzzard and Bedford), brings one into the village of Aspley Guise. Take the first road on the right, called Church Street, and follow this road to the station.

Aspley Guise Station map co-ordinates
Parking
This is a small parking space to the north of the station, although there are many potholes and it's quite overgrown. It is probably best to park on the road leading to the station from the south.
Public transport
By far the easiest way to this location is to use the rail service from either Bletchley or Bedford. There are several, infrequent buses, all originating at Leighton Buzzard, including services 10 and 139 operated by Palmer and Litchfield respectively.
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.
Aspley Guise Station

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Aspley Guise Station general view map
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Photographic notes
The Bedford Bletchley line is running mainly east-west, but slightly south-east to north-west at this point. Photography is probably best in the morning for east bound traffic, and best in the afternoon for west bound traffic. The line is very straight heading east from the station, but there is a sharp curve just to the west of the station.


General views - All photographs Richard Tearle unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east

This is the west facing view from the northern side of the line, on the Bedford bound platform, showing the long straight stretch of line.
This was taken in July (although a dull day) at 13:20 with a 100mm lens.

Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west

This is the east facing view from the northern side of the line, on the Bedford bound platform, showing the curvature of the line and crossing gates.
This was taken in July (although a dull day) at 13:20 with a 100mm lens.

Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking west

This is the west facing view from the northern side of the line, on the Bedford bound platform, showing that the line can get interesting traction and some sun!
This was taken in August at 19:00 with a 50mm lens.

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