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Written by Matt Weston - 14 Apr 2008
last update by Mark Bearton - 11 Mar 2009
and by Marcus Dawson - 04 Mar 2010
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Location notes
An automatic level crossing on the Birmingham-Bristol main line north of Cheltenham.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger services in the hands of Cross Country Voyagers, 170s and 158s, plus the occasional 150.
Freight consists of DB Schenker coal services from Avonmouth to Midlands power stations, North East - South Wales steel services, fuel tanks, etc. Also some military traffic, and DRS nuclear flask workings.
A good day might see several class DBS 60s, and a FL70, breaking the Shed monopoly.
Environment
Open countryside, only local traffic along the lane. Not far from the M5 but still quiet and peaceful. Only noise from the barrier warning siren.
Road directions
From M5 J9:
Head along the A46 towards Ashchurch.
At the 3rd set of lights turn right and follow the road to a T junction, then turn right onto the A435 towards Cheltenham.
After about half a mile take the first lane on you right, this will take you down to the crossing.

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Tredington Level Crossing map co-ordinates
Parking
Plenty of parking on both sides of the crossing, even if Network Rail vans in attendance.
Your car will be in sight at all times.
Public transport
Stagecoach service 43 operates hourly between 10:00 and 14:00 from Tewksbury to Bishops Cleeve via Stoke orchard and Tredington. From either it would then be a 25-30 minute walk to the level crossing. Tewksbury is served every 15 minutes from Cheltenham by Stagecoach services 41/42 and Bishops Cleeve evry 10 minutes by Stagecoach service 'D'.

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Amenities
There are none close by, but there is a large garage and a Little Chef on the M5 at junction 9.
Accommodation
There is lots of accommodation in Tewkesbury or Cheltenham to suit all budgets.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Tredington Level Crossing

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Streetmap links
Tredington Level Crossing general view map
Tredington Level Crossing close up map

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Tredington Level Crossing



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Railway Gen Group
Wiltshire and Avon Gen
Photographic notes
Line runs basically north-south on a gentle curve.
Two good shots for north bound trains, one for southbound, but a lot of room for experimentation.
Generally quiet, but a little exposed so could be some wind noise on video footage.

March 2010 Update:
Recent bank works has cleared all the vegitation from the southern side of the crossing. Althought currently a building site the location should be veg free for a few years after the completion of these works. There is however a large radio mast and associated cabin on the western side of the line that needs to be worked around wide angle shots.


General views - All photographs © Matt Weston unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking south - Image by Marcus Dawson


Fig 4 - Looking south - <i>Image  by Marcus Dawson</i>


Fig 5 - Looking south - Image by Marcus Dawson



Fig 5 - Looking south - <i>Image  by Marcus Dawson</i>


Fig 6 - Looking south - Image by Marcus Dawson



Fig 6 - Looking south - <i>Image  by Marcus Dawson</i>


Fig 7 - Looking north - Image by Marcus Dawson



Fig 7 - Looking north - <i>Image  by Marcus Dawson</i>


Fig 8 - Looking east - Image by Marcus Dawson



Fig 8 - Looking east - <i>Image  by Marcus Dawson</i>


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