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Written by Jonathan Cale - 30 Nov 2008
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Location notes
A Level Crossing Frame where road crosses WCML just outside Morecambe. The road leads to a bay side car park and the sea. A footbridge is also present to allow walkers to cross the line to the sea when the barriers are down.
Railway type and traffic
Situated on a busy stretch of WCML with Virgin expresses, Pendolinos, and local trains to Carlisle, Skipton, Barrow and Carnforth, DMUs.
Freight is regular DRS container trains, nuclear waste, DB Schenker freights, 66s, 92s, 86s, Network Rail test trains and odd special movements out of West Coast Railway Co. at Carnforth.
There are more locations both directions as there are footbridges in distance looking to Carnforth and looking to Morecambe. Carnforth is only 10 min drive too.
Environment
Very safe, quiet area, good views over the bay, quite good views of line from footbridge. Plenty of warning with the crossing of approaching train. Gates can be down a while as often several trains may pass at once. Downside can get very cold. Biting wind and sea breeze if you are standing around. Could take soft option, sit in car, wait for lights and then take position up at crossing or bridge!
Road directions
Follow sea front road, A5105, through Morecambe, pass 'Happy Mount Park', drive over the line at a bridge then the crossing is a bit further down on left.
From Carnforth follow A6 South, follow Morecambe signs, turn onto A5105 at lights. Crossing is bit further down on right.

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Parking
Easy to park. Gravel car park sea side of crossing. You car will always be visible.
Public transport
Buses pass the location from Morecambe at least every 20 minutes.

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Amenities
There is a chippy right next to crossing! With shops over road. Five minutes and you are in Morecambe with all facilities, pubs, supermarkets, etc.
Accommodation
Plenty of accommodation in Morecambe.
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Photographic notes
Generally good. From bridge good view of line. Obviously as you are higher so only restriction looking down are the overhead wire masts/cables.


General views - All photographs © Jonathan Cale unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south east


Fig 1 - Looking south east


Fig 2 - Looking south east


Fig 2 - Looking south east


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