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Written by Matt Weston - 01 Aug 2008
last update by Colin Prosser - 14 Jan 2014
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Location notes
An occupation crossing over the Gloucester - Severn Tunnel Junction line on the outskirts of the city of Gloucester. The farm track follows the railway for some distance so there are opportunities to get different angles if required.

Update from Dave Smith: August 2016:
Beware
- this location has changed just recently.
The farm is now in new hands, and the new owner will not tolerate people on his land. The gate off the main road is now kept locked at all times,and there is no way to enter or leave via the farm itself, as there was before. As the crossing is part of a public right of way,it's fine to walk to the crossing from the main road,although parking is a major problem.
Railway type and traffic
CrossCountry and Arriva passenger services worked by 170s, 150s and 158s.
Steel trains to/from South Wales in the hands of 60s or 66s. A good place to see the Robeston - Westerleigh Murco tanks at around 10:30 and 18:00 on weekdays. These are usually 60 hauled.
With the Cotswold Rail base close by, there are light engine movements, although these can be rather ad-hoc.
Environment
Open fields.
Great on a sunny day, but bear in mind there is no shade. The area can get very muddy in winter.
Road directions
From the A40 Gloucester bypass, head west towards Ross-on-Wye. After the A417 roundabout, there is now a set if traffic lights at the lane entrance off the main road / dual carriageway. This also makes it easier when leaving as the lights let you cross the dual carriageway to head back into Gloucester. However if you are travelling along the A40 in an easterly direction there is no right turn so you will have to go to the roundabout and turn around.

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Parking
Parking used to be easy and right by the crossing, however a change of land ownership has curtailed this and it is no longer possible to park here. You will need to use the nearby pub car park and walk, watch for time constraints.
Public transport
A Stagecoach bus from Gloucester to Chepstow or Cinderford would drop you here.

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Amenities
There is a Beefeater type pub on the opposite side of the A40.
Accommodation
Central Gloucester has a wide range of accommodation and is only around a mile away.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Keenes Crossing

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Photographic notes
Line runs pretty much east to west, and shots can be had from either side of the line. There will be some traffic noise from nearby A40.
Also trains can really creep up on you here for some reason, so keep your eyes peeled.


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


Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 3 - General view of the crossing


Fig 3 - General view of the crossing

As of Summer 2016 it is no longer possible to park here. You will need to use the nearby pub car park and walk, watch for time constraints.

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