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A lightly used (and therefore lightly maintained & muddy) road bridge, over the Midland Main Line between Harpenden and St. Albans.
The bridge is over a straight section of track and therefore you should not miss a train because you can hear them coming and see them as well.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger services are worked by a selection of HSTs, Meridians (222s), 317s & 319s. There is minimal freight along the southern section of the MML.
From the M1, Junction 9:
Follow the A5183 to the roundabout at Redbourn. At the roundabout take the first exit (B487) and follow this road into Harpenden. At the roundabout take the third exit (A1081) and head south toward St. Albans. There is a left hand turn signposted ‘Ayres End.’ The location is the first bridge that Crosses the line.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Ayres End map co-ordinates
There is room to leave your car just to the side of the road.
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin
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Ayres End general view map
Ayres End close up map
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You can view trains from both sides of the bridge, although the view of northbound workings is heavily obscured with overhead line and siganning equipment. With steps you can take photos directly from above the trains.
General views - All photographs © Joe Patrick unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south
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