The Anonymous Widower

A Look At Stockley Junction

Stockley Junction, is where trains leave and join the Great Western Main Line to go to and from Heathrow Airport.

This map from carto.metro.free.fr shows the lines at the junction and to the nearby Hayes and Harlington station.

Stockley Junction And Hayes & Harlington Station

Stockley Junction And Hayes & Harlington Station

Note that in some places there are eight tracks across, with lots of crossings and points everywhere.

If you look at the lines through the station, starting from the South they are, with their platform numbers.

  1. Reading-bound Fast Line (Down Main) GWR – Heathrow Express
  2. London-bound Fast Line (Up Main) – GWR – Heathrow Express
  3. Reading-bound Slow Line (Down Relief) – Crossrail- GWR  – Heathrow Connect
  4. London-bound Slow Line (Up Relief) – Crossrail – GWR – Heathrow Connect
  5. Bay Platform – Crossrail – GWR

Look at the map and note the following.

  • The two Slow (Relief)  lines go straight through the station and the junction.
  • The two Fast (Main)  lines go straight through the station and the junction.
  • Trains on the Down Main like Heathrow Express to the Airport, take the Southernmost line and just turn left for the Airport.
  • There are several new crossing and short lines, which in the map are shown dotted.

This set of pictures, were taken on a train going along the Down Slow line.

Note how as you get nearer to the junction, the number of tracks increases.

These pictures were taken from a Heathrow Connect train going through Stockley Junction towards the Airport.

From the path the train took, I suspect that the track layout shown in the map has been largely created.

Note the line shown in these pictures, is the one used by trains running from the Airport to Paddington.

The final set of pictures, were taken as I returned from Heathrow on another Heathrow Connect train.

The train crossed over all the lines and descended into Hayes and Harlington station on the Northernmost line.

 

November 21, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | , , ,

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