alex1211
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Question London STN

Sat Jan 17, 2009 5:35 pm

hi everybody,
I'll make in february a one day trip with FR to London. Now I've to make a decision: spotting or sightseeing? Can anyone tell me something about spotting in London STN? I read a little bit in the forum and it seems that its very difficult. Can anyone give me the latest news, whats about police and spotting positions?
thx,

Alex
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RE: Question London STN

Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:17 pm

Photography at Stansted; two words, hard work!

Others will have more detailed information but as far as I am aware, you require transport to the relevant locations. Best option is do some sight seeing in London.

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RE: Question London STN

Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:30 pm

yeah it will be my first visit in london and i'll land at 11 a.m. and my flight home is at 6 p.m.
as i said: just a one day trip. hard decision to make  Sad
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RE: Question London STN

Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:30 pm

Hmmmm..... You can do it here but it is hard work as stated, There is a few places you can go to but you do really need some form of transport to make it worthwhile. whilst I was out over Christmas there was some new police out and about who seemed to welcome those people out spotting and photographing!! Gave those of us out that day there card and said to call up if we see anything suspicious, so that was a nice change!!

There is a guy on here John Ballantyne I think his name who is out quite often and he would be able to give some better advice than me for sure.

If you do decide to stop by be prepared for lots and lots of FR and EZY and not so much of anything else.

Any other questions do ask.

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RE: Question London STN

Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:19 pm

Given the short time of your stay (7 hours - time for immigration, checkin, security control - needed spare time before your departure is not enough for sightseeing imo) I would try to go spotting.

Irrc there is a spot not very far away from the terminal.

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RE: Question London STN

Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:21 pm

Mmm. I think that you have little time to venture into London. Not sure of the transit time on the Stansted Express to London but at least 45 minutes.

Maybe best to stay at the airport; don't go through immigration on arrival until you have to and check in as soon as possible? Just an idea.
 
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RE: Question London STN

Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:16 am



Quoting Alex1211 (Thread starter):
I'll make in february a one day trip with FR to London. Now I've to make a decision: spotting or sightseeing?

The chances of the weather being good for spotting in February are slim at best!
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RE: Question London STN

Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:58 pm

thx for the answers, they were really helpful. i don't have to do the checkin, I'll fly with FR so i can make the web-check-in. maybe its the best to drive with the stansted express in the city, i know that I don't have much time, but maybe i can do a little bit of sightseeing.
thx again,

Alex
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RE: Question London STN

Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:26 pm

With the 5hrs max you have I really don't think its worth going into London takes at least 45 mins on the train each way and that's if you don't run into any delays on the way there or back.

I think if the weather is ok then get some pictures the problem is at the moment the sun at lunchtime and in the afternoon is sitting at one end of the runway which doesn't make for great photo opportunity's (at least not with my lack of skill !! ) the sun is facing pretty much straight down the length of rwy 05 and seem to be using 23 most of the time at the moment.

You could walk down from the terminal towards the SR technics building and round towards the hilton and get some pics from there. I guess that would be about a 30 - 40 minute walk.

I have never been the other way from the terminal past the radisson so someone else will need to let you know about that.

Hope that helps you a bit more

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RE: Question London STN

Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:45 am

thx a lot for your answers, i decided that i'll go plane spotting, i just hope that the weather is ok.
thx a lot

Alex
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RE: Question London STN

Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:29 am

Hi Alex,

I used to live local to Stansted and have a guide to photography at STN (and map) on my website at
http://www.adamrowden.co.uk/article-photography-at-london-stansted.asp.

It was a couple of years ago that I wrote the guide, but as far as I know, the info is still current. That said, if any local photographers notice any glaring errors in the currency of the infomation perhaps they could let me know!

Cheers,
Adam
 
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RE: Question London STN

Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:31 pm

I always regarded Adam as the Stansted guru, so any information he can supply is invaluable.
 
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RE: Question London STN

Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:20 am

what about a trip to Cambridge instead of London? Short bit of spotting (airside?) then a direct train at 12.25 (most weekdays) that arrives at 13.00.

Can get direct trains back just after 15.00 or 16.00, or slower trains at other times. Earlier one would still allow an hour of daylight at the airport, if weather OK. In the first week of February the sun sets at Stansted just before 17.00.

For info, I find that by far the best train timetable website is the German site http://www.bahn.de/p/view/index.shtml
 
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RE: Question London STN

Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:04 am

cool this are interesting informations, thx for that. is there a lot of traffic in cambridge?
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RE: Question London STN

Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:02 am

I wouldn't say Cambridge was busy!
 
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RE: Question London STN

Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:40 pm



Quoting G-CIVP (Reply 14):
I wouldn't say Cambridge was busy!

agreed (assuming we're talking about the airport!), but a lot of the field is visible from Airport Way to the east. Not easy to get to from the station without at least a bike though! If you're lucky there may be something interesting at or outside Marshall's (RAF tristar etc).

Cambridge the town is a pleasant place even in February to spend a few hours in.

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