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Written by Matt Weston - 01 Aug 2008
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Location notes
A public footpath in a field overlooking a junction on the main Bristol to Birmingham line where the line to Worcester diverges.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger services in the hands of Cross Country Voyagers and 170s, with FGW 150s, 158s and the occasional 153 or 142.
Freight includes military traffic to Ashchurch, which heads to Worcester to run round, steel, tanks, engineers traffic mostly 66 or 60 hauled.
Cotswold Rail locos often pass this way.
Environment
Rural open fields, quiet and peaceful. There are sometimes sheep in the field but they don't bite!
Road directions
From M5, Junction 7:
Take the B4084 towards Pershore. After a couple of miles you will come into the village of Stoulton. Turn right here towards Wadborough, then take the next right. When you get to the railway bridge you will see the public footpath alongside the line. Head down the edge of the field.

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Abbotswood Junction map co-ordinates
Parking
Park on the verge, you will have to pull your car in quite tight to the hedge, but there are a couple of obvious places to do this.
Public transport
There is an hourly bus service from Worcester Bus Station, the 382 to Pershore, which passes the end of the road by the bridge at Abbotswood.

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Amenities
There are no amenities in the immediate area.
Accommodation
Hotels and B&Bs in Worcester, or maybe Pershore.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Abbotswood Junction

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Photographic notes
The best shot is for southbound trains, either on the main line or coming off the 'branch'.
Trains from Worcester are travelling pretty slowly at this point. Northbound shot is possible but trains can appear quite quickly. There is also a southbound freight loop.
For the more artistic shots, it should be possible to take a shot of southbound trains framed between the trunks of a large tree.


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


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north


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