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Tennison Road bridge crosses one of the main commuter lines into London. The bridge is situated between Selhurst Depot and Norwood Junction in the South-East of London.
Railway type and traffic
The main stay of traffic is Southern EMUs including 455s, 456s and 375,s and also Southern DMUs in the form of 171s these all get serviced in Selhurst Depot.
SET 508s and 375s work an hourly service though to London Bridge plus Thameslink 319s work though trains to Brighton. Selhurst also sees departmental train stabled which are operated by 31s, 37s and on occasions 73s, most of these come out at night but the Serco Test train usually enters during the daylight hours.
Southern also have 2 Ex-Railtrack De-icers which are used in the depot for shunting and De-icing and can be seen moving around on occasions.
This is an inner city location, to the North-East is a playing area, to the South is a large housing area. On the times I have been there I have not had any trouble, it is well lit and quite a bit of traffic and people passing so there should not be any trouble.
To get to the location from North or East of London use the M25 and take Junction 4 off onto the A21 heading into London, follow this until you get to the junction with the A232 Bromley Road, turn left and follow the A232 which becomes Wickham Road. Then at a roundabout take the second exit, still the A232, now Shirley Road. About 300 meters there is another roundabout which you need to go straight over onto the A215 Shirley Road. At the end there is a T-junction turn right onto A222 Lower Addiscombe Road, then turn left into A215 Spring Lane and follow to the end. At the T-junction turn left onto B243 Woodside Green, take the first right into Birchanger Road, follow this road until you come to a mini roundabout, take the first exit which is Tennison Road.
To get to the location from the South and West of London take junction 7, M23 London bound, this becomes the A23 Brighton Road. Follow the A23 though Coulsdon and Purley, at Purley the A23 becomes the Purley Way follow this until you get to the junction with the A232, turn left and follow the A232, this will become the Croydon Flyover, take the flyover until you get to large roundabout system, carry straught on, on the A232 Barclay Road. Follow the A232 until you get to the roundabout with the A215, take the first exit left A215 Shirley Road. At the end there is a T-junction turn right onto A222 Lower Addiscomb Road, then turn left into A215 Spring Lane and follow to the end. At the T-juncionn turn left onto B243 Woodside Green, take the first right into Birchanger Road, follow this road until you come to a mini roundabout, take the first exit which is Tennison Road.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Norwood, Tennison Road map co-ordinates
All the roads around the area are free to park in with no restrictions, so find the nearest free space.
Norwood Junction station is a short walk away, leave the station by the North exit and turn left along Cargreen Road, at the end is a park, there is a path way though which goes straight to Tennison Road.
Selhurst station is slightly further to walk, from the station exit turn left onto Selhurst Road, Selhurst depot is right in front of you, follow the road until you get to a set of traffic light, turn right and this is Tennison Road.
This area is served by buses.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There is a small newsagents shop to the South side of the bridge.
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The line is NE-SW so the light is better looking towards Norwood Junction, to the Depot side there are some signal gantries, you can get a good view of the depot. The bridge sides are about 5'6" high, so you may need a small box to stand on, I'm 6' and can just manage to see though the camera ok.
Videographers beware as the road traffic will cause you trouble. The footpaths are quiet tight so large step ladders and tripods may cause the locals to moan.
General views - All photographs © Steve Hatcher unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking north
Fig 3 - Looking south
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