Wembley Chiltern T&RSMD

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Wembley Chiltern T&RSMD

Post by Steve Blick on Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:04 pm


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Great Central Way

Address   ( for viewing from station )

Oakington Manor Drive


Tokyngton Community Centre
St. Michaels Avenue

Situated alongside the Marylebone to Oxford and Birmingham line and sitting in the shadows of Wembley Stadium, the construction of the Chiltern depot was completed in September 2005. With the official opening being performed by the then Transport Secretary Alistair Darling, visitors can usually expect to see classes 165, 168 and 172, as well as the 68 locomotives and Chiltern MK3 stock.


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 go over the railway bridge. From here, get in the inside lane and take the exit for Wembley Stadium and industrial estate. At the island, 1st exit and then 2nd exit at the next. Get straight in the right hand lane and turn right at the lights. Neasden underground depot will be on your right at this point, so look out for any locos stabled in the area. Continue along and look to your left as soon as the road levels out, as this will be the mainline and the start of the depot vicinity. Some stock may be stabled in this area, but carry on along and there may be some parked behind the factory units. As you get closer to the stadium, the views become less possible unfortunately.

The second option and for viewing the other side of the line, continue left past the stadium and turn left at the lights into Wembley Hill Road. Then its left at the next set of lights and immediately left again into Oakington Manor Drive. Continue along for around 0.5 miles and turn left into St. Michaels Avenue and park up. From the perimeter fence, you can see the stock which may not have been visible from the other side of the line.

Another alternative is to park on Oakington Manor Drive and walk back to the station. From here, you can see into the western end of the depot, the view not possible from any other parts of the surrounding area. Parking restrictions do apply however, with tickets needing to be purchased from a nearby machine.

By Rail - With Wembley Central being just a stones throw from the depot, you will only need to use the park as a vantage point, as all other stock visible, will be seen on the approach to the station...that is on the assumption that you are arriving from Marylebone. If coming in from the Birmingham and Oxford direction, you can either turn right out of the station and head down past the stadium and alongside the industrial units, or left onto Wembley Hill Road and then left again into Oakington Manor Drive and finally the car park on St. Michaels Avenue. A return ticket from Marylebone will cost around £8.70 for a 10 minute journey. Alternatively, a zone 1-4 travelcard will suffice. Walking time should be an allowance of at least an hour for using both vantage points.

Notes - If arriving by car, Great Central Way is for one way traffic only, just past the 2nd set of traffic lights. However, if you bear right upon reaching the stadium and then follow the road round in the outside lane, it'll bring you back to the lights again. If planning to leave the vehicle for a few minutes whilst on double yellow lines, please be aware that there are numerous moped parking patrols in the area...this only really applies during a weekday visit or when the stadium is being used for football, concerts etc.

Parking at the Community Centre is free and a plenty.

Vantage Points - To guarantee seeing most, if not all of the stock on shed, it is best advised to use the 3 vantage points...Great Central Way, the park and also the railway station. Access to the platforms are free and from the end of the eastern end of the platform, you can see into the shed and approach road. You cannot see this view from any other vantage point.

If you've travelled in by train, then you really only need to use the park option, this obviously all depending on whether any stock has been blocked in on your approach to the station. This only obviously applies if coming in from the London direction, as you don't pass the depot by arriving from Birmingham and Oxford.

Photos - View from Great Central Way.
             View from the park.
             Depot view from the station platform.

Maps - Road.
           Birds eye.
           Ordnance survey.

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No shunters on site, but you can expect to see the Chiltern class 68's and rolling stock, plus DMU's 165, 168 and 172's.

Steve Blick

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