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A small station on the Ipswich to Felixstowe Line, in Suffolk.
Railway type and traffic
A single unit, usually 153 or 156, will travel up to Ipswich and Down to Felixstowe throughout the day. It is usually the same unit all day, baring failures.
However, you will see ANY Freight going in and out of Felixstowe Docks - put simply, it has to come through Derby Road Station.
Freight wise, all the traffic from Felixstowe Docks pass through the station.
Expect mostly DB Schenker and Freightliner 66s, with the odd class 70. GBRf have daily workings and DRS locomotives appear from time to time on hire to Freightliner. With Felixstowe growing as a port and a destination for rail freight, this may well increase.
Suburbs of Ipswich. Seems fairly quiet, but best to avoid Norwich City colours!
Come off the A14, after crossing the Orwell Bridge, and take the next junction on to the A1189 (1st exit off roundabout). The go straight across the next two roundabouts and left (1st exit) at the third, which is just after you pass under the line. Continue along the A1156, Felixstowe Road to the next roundabout. There will be a church on your right, take the 1st exit and continue on the Felixstowe Road. Derby road is about a mile along on the right and the station is signposted.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Derby Road Station map co-ordinates
There is a Pay and Display Car Park at Station, Parking may also be available in local roads.
Get the train from either Felixstowe or Ipswich, depending on where you are coming from. 90% of the time, trains from Ipswich leave from Platform 1.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There is a pub opposite the station, excellent Bakery and Newsagent nearby
Pub opposite offers accommodation I believe, failing that Ipswich is not far away.
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Derby Road Station
Derby Road Station general view map
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Station is on a curve, but line towards Felixstowe is visible for some distance. You will hear freight coming before you see it. Being the last point on the line before it singles Felixstowe bound trains often pause here, awaiting a train from the docks to clear the single section.
General views - All photographs © Stuart Fairway unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west
A Felixstowe bound liner.
Fig 2 - Looking north west
From the road bridge, a Felixstowe bound liner.
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