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Written by Roy Matthews - 16 Oct 2008
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Location notes
On the Welsh Marches line in beautiful countryside about half way between Hereford and Abergavenny.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger Traffic is handled by 175s in the two liveries of Arriva Trains Wales.
Freight is DB Schenker and Freightliner 66s covering Coal, Steel and Departmental.
An unmanned farmers crossing and access for Network Rail about 1 mile north of Pontrilas in open countryside. There is no shelter here apart from your car in the lay by, very safe here during the day but after dark you would not be able to see anyway.
Road directions
On A465 about half way between Hereford and Abergavenny.
Southbound, turn into the lay by approx 1 mile north of Pontrilas. A good indicator is Burger Van, usually, in Northbound lay by about 300 yards before the one you want.
Northbound, turn into lay by with the Burger Van and then turn back to the Southbound lay by.

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Howton Court Crossing map co-ordinates
In the lay by, then walk through open gate to crossing gates, about 30 yards.
Public transport
Not easy, Stagecoach operate a coach between Hereford and Abergavenny (X3) but there is no bus stop at the lay by. The nearest stop would be Pontrilas, about a mile walk. The train Station at Pontrilas isnow closed.

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There are no toilets in the immediate area. There is often a Burger Van in the opposite lay by with a Post Office and pubs in Pontrilas.
Hotels, B&B in Pandy which is about 6 Miles, Abergavenny 12 Miles, Hereford 15 Miles.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Howton Court Crossing

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Howton Court Crossing

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Photographic notes
Line travels from North to South. The location is on West side of the line, so it should be good in either direction. Southbound trains are a bit tight for shooting because of foliage, but Northbound is an open shot.
Noise from main road might be a problem for Videographers.

General views - All photographs © Roy Matthews unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south west

Fig 1 - Looking south west

Fig 2 - Looking north east

Fig 2 - Looking north east

Fig 3 - Looking north east

Fig 3 - Looking north east

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