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Aylesbury DMD

Post by Steve Blick on Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:59 pm

Address

Morrisons
Station Way
Aylesbury
HP20 2HX


Address

Aylesbury Station
Station Approach
Aylesbury
HP20 1RU


Address

Carriage Sidings
Three Counties Building Supplies
Stoke Road
Aylesbury
HP21 7TE




With work on constructing the new building starting on the 24th May 1990, Aylesbury Chiltern Networker maintenance depot was officially opened on the 14th May 1991, the then Transport Secretary Malcolm Rifkind in attendance for the unveiling.

The depot is situated just a few hundred yards north of Aylesbury station and plays host to a large number of the Class 165 and 168 DMU fleet. Apart from its allocation, visiting sandite units and bubble cars are also usually seen on shed, along with the occasional Class 67 and its MK3 stock.

https://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/



By Car - Leave the M40 at junction 8a and follow the A418 for Aylesbury. This will eventually be sign-posted for All Routes and Town Centre. Once passing Aylesbury college ( huge white building on the right ) and over the railway, take the 3rd exit at the roundabout and immediately get in the far lane. At the next island and taking the 2nd exit, follow the road round towards the Morrison's supermarket and the DMD can be seen on the right.

At the far end of the station lies the carriage sidings and depending on which day you go, there should be a few units stabled. You can see some of these from the station car park but some will be hidden. To view the other end of these, return to the main road and turn right at the island. Immediately get in the right hand lane and proceed straight on at the first island. At the next, take the 2nd exit into Walton Street ( A413 ) and upon reaching the traffic lights, keep in the middle lane. Follow the road round to the right and bear immediately left for Stoke Mandeville hospital. After passing over the railway, turn first left into Chiltern Street. By parking up and returning to the bridge, the sidings can easily be seen from over the bridge parapet.


By Rail - As the majority of trains terminate at Aylesbury from either Bicester or Marylebone, only a Aylesbury Vale Parkway service will take you past the depot. However, there are a number of decent vantage points, all of which should guarantee the visitor of seeing most units that are on shed.



Notes - Parking at the Morrison's supermarket is free and a plenty, so no problems by using this and having a half hour or so spotting. Parking near the carriage sidings on Stoke Road though, this could be a bit of a problem, as the side street nearby ( Chiltern Street ) has double yellows and very few clear spaces. However, it should only take you a few minutes to see any units stabled, so it should be ok to leave the vehicle there for a short while.


Vantage Points - Apart from the road past the DMD, which will give you the side-on option, the footbridge is also a great vantage point and will also provide excellent photo opportunities. The multi-storey will give you another angle and from here, you can see into the shed, obviously only if the doors are open though. However, viewing is hampered a little, due to wire meshing being fixed across the sides of the building.

The carriage sidings, these can easily be seen from either the end of the station car park or from Stoke Road. Using both options will near enough guarantee seeing everything which may be stabled here.



Photos - Footbridge view.
             Depot view taken from the stairwell in the multi-storey.
             The carriage sidings from the station platform.
             Other end of the sidings from Stoke Road.


Maps - Road.
           Birds eye.
           Ordnance survey.



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01509 - Chiltern blue
Class 165
Class 168

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