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Willesden TMD

Post by Steve Blick on Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:45 pm

Address

Willesden TMD
Station Approach
Harlesden
Greater London
NW10 4UY


Address

Benchmarx Kitchens & Joinery
12 Scrubs Lane
White City
London
NW10 6RB




Initially built in 1873, the depot was redesigned and rebuilt in late 1965 to accommodate the new electric locomotives that were being built, namely classes 82, 83, 85, 86, 87 and 90's, to which at some point, all had spells allocated to the London shed.

Nowadays and apart from the 09, it has the 172/0 DMU and 378/2 EMU's on its books, although it isn't uncommon to see other visiting units and locos on shed.

Situated adjacent to the West Coast mainline and just a few miles out of Euston, November 2016 saw Bombardier Transportation take over the running of the depot and its staff from London Overground Rail Operations Limited ( LOROL ).

http://www.bombardier.com/en/transportation.html
http://www.lorol.co.uk/



By Car - From the M1 southbound, follow it in its entirety and leave at junction 1, taking the westbound A406 North Circular Road ( 3rd exit ). At the next roundabout, go straight on ( 2nd exit ) and continue along up until you see the huge Ikea superstore on your right. From here, turn left at the lights into Brentfield Road, which this will be signposted for Neasden temple. Continue along here, passing over the mini island and upon seeing the signs for Harlesden and Kensal Green, turn left at the lights and follow along till you reach the zebra crossing. Once passing over that, take the road to the right, still following the signs for Harlesden A404. Continue along, passing the row of shops and once reaching the Tesco Express and Argos stores on the right, get in the right hand lane and turn right at the lights. This will be the A4000 High Street and at the next set of lights, follow the road round to the left and upon reaching the railway bridge, turn left into Station Approach and the depot entrance is situated at the end of the road.

For eastern views of the shed ( London end ), turn right on to the main road and turn first right into Tubbs Road. Follow this till its entirety and then right at the traffic lights. Once passing over the railway, turn right into Scrubs Lane and then find somewhere to park. The depot can then be seen from either the bridge or from the Benchmarx car park, this situated by the large office block.


By Rail- To get good views of all sides of the depot, it may be better to have a few runs past the depot first, before getting off at Willesden Junction low level. The local line out of Euston will take you around the northern side of the shed, whereas the mainline passes the southern side. By alighting at the low level and then walking up to the high level platform, you will get excellent views of the depot. Alternatively, you can take to the footbridge and from here, you can see some stock which are stabled alongside the mainline. However, some will obviously be blocked in by others, so you will miss identifying some, no matter which vantage points you choose to use.

For viewing the eastern end of the depot and by taking the stairs, these situated at the bottom of the station car park and on the left hand side of the archway, the route is available by taking the footpath from the high level platform and follow it alongside the running lines. This will eventually bring you on to the High Street, so once here, turn right and then right again once you've passed the petrol station. The depot then can be seen from either the bridge of from the driveway next to the large office block.   Walking time - approx 10 mins.



Notes - If arriving in by car, it may be a good idea to park somewhere in the vicinity of Scrubs Lane and use the lineside footpath ( mentioned in the above paragraph ), as parking at Willesden Junction station is extremely limited and expensive. The side streets are for residents and permit only unfortunately and these are patrolled and checked on a regular basis.

The aforementioned lineside footpath will give you excellent photo opportunities for both the high level lines and low level station avoider, both of which have regular passing freight from the Acton and Stratford directions.



Vantage Points - The depot is surrounded by excellent vantage points, all of which will give you good views. From both the mainline spanning footbridge and the high level platforms, you can clearly see into the western end and possibly inside the depot also, if the doors are open. Binoculars or a good zoom lens will be needed to identify any stock stabled here though.

The driveway by the office block on Scrubs Lane will give clear views into the depot area. This is where any visiting locos tend to stable, although it isn't uncommon to see these parked alongside the shed on the mainline side. If so and unfortunately, these can only be seen from via a passing train, as the EMR scrapyard on the opposite side of the mainline is inaccessible to casual visitors.



Photos - View from Scrubs Lane ( London end ) of the depot.
            Taken from the footbridge.


Maps - Road.
          Birds eye.
          Ordnance survey.



Current Allocation:

09007 - BR green  ( carries its pre-tops number D3671 )

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