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Harringay Park Junction is in a quiet suburban area of leafy North London, almost equidistant between Harringay and Crouch Hill stations. It forms a link between the Gospel Oak - Barking line and the ECML.
The junction has the added attraction of a BR-era signalbox and semaphore signals in a tree-lined cutting.
Railway type and traffic
There is a half-hourly passenger services on the line operated by 3 Class 150s which shuttle between Gospel Oak and Barking.
Timetabled freight services are operated by DB Schenker, Freightliner and GBRf using 59s 66s and 67s.
The junction lies in an upmarket suburban area of North London bordering Crouch End, Stroud Green, Hornsey and Finsbury Park. It is a safe area with little crime. The only place you are likely to get 'mugged' is in some of the overly-expensive restaurants nearby!
This location is just off the junction Stapleton Hall Rd and Ferme Park Road, less than a mile from Finsbury Park.
Follow the A1 into London and after Upper Holloway Station take the left turn into 'Marlborough Road. Continue along crossing the Hornsey Road into Hanley Road and then on to Stapleton Hall Road and you will reach the location.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Harringay Park Junction map co-ordinates
You can park in any of the streets nearby, or even right over the railway on Oakfield Road, which is the overbridge to the East of the Junction.
There are a number of public transport options:
BR: Catch a train to Harringay or Finsbury Park stations. Or a service to Crouch Hill station on the Gospel Oak - Barking line.
Tube: Piccadilly or Victoria lines to Finsbury Park.
Bus. The W3 bus starts from Finsbury Park station and runs right past the junction. Alight at the stop just past the shops one Ferme Park Road, once you have gone under the old railway bridge which carries the 'Parkland Walk' (this was the old railway line from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace).Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There are no public toilets, but there is a nearby pub on Ferme Park Road (The Nicholas Nickleby) or at the junction of Stapleton Hall Road and Stroud Green Road.
As well as the pub, there is a chippy, fast food emporium and a supermarket in the row of shops on Ferme Park Road, 10 minutes walk away are plenty more. There is an excellent Indian Veggie restaurant - the 'Jai Krishna') on Stroud Green Rd, back towards Finsbury Park.
As this is London, there are plenty of places to stay - too numerous to mention.
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On a sunny morning the best location is Oakfield Road over bridge, where you can get good shots of Eastbound trains. But beware, the fence is high and you will need stepladders. This road bridge also crosses the single line Harringay Curve from the ECML and is a great location to get shots of the GBRf Metronet trains coming down from Ferme Park Yard. You don't need ladders for this as the corrugated fence has been partly replaced with railings.
Otherwise, shots looking East from Lancaster Road are good at anytime if it is cloudy, or in the afternoon if it is sunny. Currently, most freight heads West in the afternoons, so this is perfect. For a higher viewpoint, go up onto the old railway bridge on the Parkland Walk behind you. This allows you to look right down on the junction and is ideal with a short (or long) telephoto lens.
General views - All photographs © Paul Bigland unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west
A working on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line.
Fig 2 - Looking west
A freight coming off the East Coast Main Line from Harringay.
Fig 3 - Looking east
Climbing off the line from Gospel Oak to join the East Coast Main Line.
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