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This location is the road bridge which is just to the east of Hatton station which is on the Leamington to Birmingham line. This is also at the junction where the line goes down to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Railway type and traffic
The location is busy with Voyagers, and Chiltern units operating between Birmingham Snow Hill and London Marylebone.
Freightliner and a few DB Schenker freight workings can also be seen here.
This is a relatively quiet road bridge, and local resident often walk over the bridge on their way to the station. I have never had any trouble here.
From the Warwick bypass (A46) take the A4177 towards Solihull. Keep on this road until you can take the B4439 to Shrewley. You should notice a left hand turning for Hatton Country world. However, for this location, you need the next left at which you should notice a sign for the train station. This is a narrow road with a couple of sharp bends. As you arrive, the station will be on your left, and the location is the bridge directly ahead. Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Hatton South Junction map co-ordinates
Do not park on the grass verge just beyond the bridge, this is a very narrow lane on a bend and you will cause an obstruction if your car is on the verge - you will be not be popular with van and lorry drivers, of which there are many.
If the free station car park is full there are several cul-de-sac housing developments within a few seconds walk where you can safely park without causing other motorists danger.
Nearby Shrewley has a shop, post office and the Durham Ox pub. There are also toilets and cafes etc at the nearby Hatton Country world.
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Hatton South Junction
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The location is best for southbound workings during the morning up until early afternoon. A particularly useful location during winter months when the shadows are long, as this is one of the very few spots in the area where shadows are not too much of a menace. The photos here illustrate this, and were taken during January and February. It is also possible to shoot to the east overlooking the station, but if you want to photograph northbound workings, I personally look elsewhere!
The constant noise from the M40 does not make this location ideal for video.
Please also note that the area has recently (Feb 2008) had new signals and equipment boxes installed, and some evidence of this can be seen in these photos.
General views - All photographs © Jason Rodhouse unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west
Fig 2 - Looking south west
Fig 3 - Looking east
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