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Written by Giles Lawrence - 30 Mar 2009
last update by Robin Sharman - 31 Aug 2015
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Location notes
Located about 5 miles from the A1 / A151 junction at Colsterworth, this location is a peaceful village on the East Coast Main Line at the top end of the famous Stoke Bank.
Nearest Cities are Grantham (about 11 miles away) and Stamford (about 13 miles).
Railway type and traffic
Swayfield is on the East Coast so therefore there will be a lot of traffic on a weekday. You are likely to see are Virgin East Coast 91+MkIV sets and HSTs, Grand Central HST/180s working and Hull Trains 180s. East Midlands Trains 158s feature on an hourly service to and from Norwich and Liverpool.
Freight Traffic - you are likely to see GBRf 66s on Intermodals and engineers trains, DB Schenker 66s on Intermodals and a couple of Freightliner 66s. During the night hours freight does increase and the chance for an DB Schenker class 92 from Doncaster on a steel train is high.
This location is at the end of a small village, and is mainly open fields around. There are no farms in the vicinity. You should be fairly safe after dark, as your car is nearby!!!
Road directions
From the A1/A151 at Colsterworth:
Take the A151 towards Bourne, and after passing under the ECML, continue along the road looking for a turning to the right for SWAYFIELD, and continue down this road.. When you get to the end of this road, turn right and you will see the location in front of you.

From the B1176 from Stamford:
Leave Stamford by following the A6121 through the village of Ryhall, and take the turning on the left for the B1176. You need to follow this road for about 8 miles, and you will cross both under and over the ECML many times.. (useful photo opportunites exist!!!)
After passing through the village of Swinstead, you will be on a long straight - just keep an eye out for the left-hand turn into Swayfield.
Turn left here, and follow the road to get to the location.

On arriving at the location, you will see a small grassy area that you can reverse your car into on the left hand side, just before the bridge.

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Stoke Bank, Swayfield Bridge map co-ordinates
You can leave your car in a small pull in area next to the bridge, that you will have to reverse into
The area around here is pretty safe as it is down a country lane, right on the outskirts of a village.
Public transport
There is a bus service to the village of Swayfield from Grantham and Stamford.

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There is a pub, called the Royal Oak, in the village, about 5 minutess walk away. There may also be a chippy in the village of Corby Glen about 3 miles away. But you may be better of driving to one of the local towns for a bite to eat.
Nearest hotels would probably be in either Grantham or Stamford, although there may be some rooms nearby at Colsterworth on the A1/A151 junction.
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Stoke Bank, Swayfield Bridge

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Stoke Bank, Swayfield Bridge general view map
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Photographic notes
This location is on top of a bridge and you may need a set of small steps to see over the bridge. Being on Stoke Bank this is one of the best places to photograph trains on this famous stretch of the East Coast Main Line. Northbound trains are climbing the bank and are visible for a few miles before reaching you.
However, you get very little prior warning of approaching southbound trains as they come out of the curve south of the site of Corby Glen station towards Swayfield bridge.
The only issues at this location are the vegetation along the north side of the road here which can limit shots of approaching southbound trains when in leaf, and (of course) those overhead wires!

General views - All photographs © Giles Lawrence unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking south

Fig 3 - Looking south

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