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Written by Matt Weston - 14 Apr 2008
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Location notes
A rural over bridge over the London - Bristol main line to the east of Swindon.
Railway type and traffic
4-5 FGW expresses per hour each way, both HST and Adelante powered.
Fairly regular freight of various types, mostly 66 hauled, both DB Schenker and Freightliner.
Environment
Rural farmland, but not too far from main roads or Swindon town centre.
Local people I have met here are pleasant, as are the track workers who use the access point here.
Be careful when crossing the bridge, as it is 'hump-backed' and the lane can be surprisingly busy.
Road directions
From the M4, Junction 15:
Take the A419 north, then the A420 east signposted Oxford. After passing under the railway arches turn right, then immediately right again signposted Bourton.

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Bourton map co-ordinates
Parking
Several places along the lane to park, best on the south side of the bridge unless maintenance vans already there.
Public transport
Stagecoach bus from Swindon town centre, I would imagine around a 20 minute ride. Bus route goes over the bridge.

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Amenities
Nothing at the location, but there is a large Sainsburys at the A419/A420 junction. Also a truckstop which serves excellent food.
Accommodation
There are probably some B&Bs in nearby Shrivenham, or loads of hotels in Swindon itself.
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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.
Bourton

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Streetmap links
Bourton general view map
Bourton close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
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Photographic notes
Line runs virtually east to west here, so should be good all day. Open area so no real shadows to worry about. Several shots available from either side of the bridge, or walk up and down the lane a bit to get a shot across the open fields.
There will be some background noise from the busy A420.


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


Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east


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