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A bridge close to the village of Sherrington, Wiltshire. Situated on the line from Salisbury to Westbury, about fifteen miles east from Warminster.
Railway type and traffic
Most of the passenger services on this line are provided by First Great Western using Class 158 units, with a sprinkling of Class 150 and Class 153 units as well. The only other operator is South West Trains who run a handful of services using Class 159s each day.
Freight is relatively sparse, mostly stone trains to/from the Mendip Quarries to/from Hamworthy, Fareham, Chichester and Eastleigh, with the occasional oil train from Fawley and regular engineers trains from Westbury to Eastleigh and vice versa. These are mostly in the hands of DB Schenker Class 59s and 66s, with the very occasional Class 60. There are also occasional MOD workings to Warminster and STP movements from Eastleigh Works heading to Bristol/Gloucester of carriages, wagons or multiple units.
However, if the lines around Basingstoke are blocked due to engineering works, this can yield diverted Freightliners (usually Saturdays).
The location is on a quiet country road which has little residential traffic and light agricultural traffic. The local area is also quiet and remote, the only people you will encounter will be occasional walkers or fellow photographers.
Coming from the northbound/southbound A36, drive until you reach the village of Codford, at the eastern end of this village there should be a turning to Sherrington and Stockton, take this road and keep right when the road forks. This is then the road which runs over the bridge.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Sherrington, Wylye Valley map co-ordinates
There is space for around 5 cars near to the bridge, as it is located on a very quiet 'T' intersection with an even smaller country road.
There is nothing in Sherrington, but there should be a village shop in nearby Codford, but otherwise you will need to go to either Warminster or Salisbury, there are many food outlets and supermarkets in the latter.
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The line heads north west/south east here, so favours northward shots from 10:00 onwards. The shot looking eastward is not particularly open and bushes and trees obscure the view somewhat. The best angle is from the south end of the bridge, where this is a handy grass verge for you to stand on off the road, and a nice angle for trains heading east. The line is on an 'S' bend, allowing for nice angles.There is a crossing further up the line which gives you warning of approaching trains.
General views - All photographs © J Slatter unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west
Fig 2 - Looking east
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