Last Alteration: Sunday 07 April 2013

The Straight

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51°30'16"-00°23'18" show decimal

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The Straight
Southall

The Straight is a long road that runs alongside the Great Western railway, leading into the heart of the old Southall Gas Works. The road is private, but access is allowed due to it being a public footpath.

How to get here:

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Rail: Turn right out of the station, and then cross over South Road. Turn left onto Beaconsfield Road and then left again onto The Crescent. This leads into the Straight - continue past the gates and along the road until you reach the gas cylinder. +

 

Access: publicStatus: alteredThe Straight

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«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 15th March 2007 by Chuck Foster

"As well as the gasometer, this photo also shows one of the old streetlamps (seen in other screenshots but no longer there), and also an old road sign indicating the speed limit back when the road was in use!"

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Invasion of the Dinosaurs (2)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 25 Sep 1973
Troops open fire on a tyranosaurus towering over them.

 

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«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 15th March 2007 by Chuck Foster

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Invasion of the Dinosaurs (5)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 25 Sep 1973
The fleeing Doctor quickly reverses when he spots troops ahead.

 

Additional Notes:

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The gas cylinder in place now isn't in quite the same place as the originals, with the works having shrunk in size since then. The distinctive blue cylinder is visible for many miles - even from Horsenden Hill (Survival!).

 

Access: publicStatus: alteredJunction with White Street

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«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 15th March 2007 by Chuck Foster

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Invasion of the Dinosaurs (5)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 25 Sep 1973
The Doctor turns a corner in his attempt to evade his pursuers.

 

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«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 15th March 2007 by Chuck Foster

"If you pick the right time during the week then plenty of Dial-A-Ride vans turn up and the gates open for them!"

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Invasion of the Dinosaurs (5)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 25 Sep 1973
The Doctors speeds off to lose his pursuers.

 

Additional Notes:

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The area to the west now appears to be a parking area for Dial-A-Ride vans. Though much of the gasworks is now gone, the hut still remains near where the gates now are!

Where to walk to next?

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White Street (The Ambassadors of Death, Invasion of the Dinosaurs). Head west along the Straight until you reach the junction with White Street (opposite the public tunnel under the railway).

Other nearby locations:

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Bull's Bridge (railway bridge) (Day of the Daleks). No route recorded to this location.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Southall Gas Works (The Ambassadors of Death, Invasion of the Dinosaurs): 0.13 miles.

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West London Islamic Centre (Invasion of the Dinosaurs): 2.72 miles.

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Chamberlain Road (Invasion of the Dinosaurs): 2.78 miles.

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Clementine Close (Invasion of the Dinosaurs): 2.85 miles.

Also seen in:

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1976/1977: The New Avengers: The road featured a number of times in series, usually where car stunts/crashes were required! Notably various coach and car scenes from Sleeper, and when Manderson was conditioned to crash the car with Steed in Angels of Death

Related Stories

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Invasion of the Dinosaurs [25 Sep 1973]: The Doctor and Sarah escape as the army battle a dinosaur.

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