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Written by Peter Collins - 16 Jun 2009
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Location notes
Stoke Works is approximately 3 miles south of Bromsgrove, midway between Birmingham and Worcester. The footbridge itself is a quarter of a mile south of Stoke Works Junction, on the main Birmingham to Gloucester line.
Railway type and traffic
Two track main line with cross country Voyagers, HSTs and DMUs.
Varied freight including loaded and empty steel, petroleum tanks, Loaded and empty scrap metal, and a weekly DRS nuclear waste working.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Bromsgrove, Stoke Works Foot Bridge
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Environment
The location is in a quiet village and is regarded as safe. You may well only meet fellow enthusiasts, or the occasional dog walker. The bridge is shielded from a small housing estate by hedgerow on the one side and is open to fields on the other.
Road directions
From the M5, Junction 5:
Take the minor road, Stoke Lane then Shaw Lane, for Stoke Works Village. This actually leads off the bottom of the slip road of the M5 southbound. Approximately 100 yards after passing the village sign, there is a small layby on your right. A footpath almost opposite this layby leads to the footbridge 50 yards away.

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Bromsgrove, Stoke Works Foot Bridge map co-ordinates
Parking
The lay by opposite the footpath is for local residents. If this is full, there is ample space on the road itself further on.Your car will be perfectly safe in the area.
Public transport
There is a limited bus service through the village from Droitwich or Bromsgrove.

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Amenities
There are no toilets. There are two pubs-' The Boat and Railway' and 'The Bowling Green' - both about a quarter of a mile away. The nearest shop is about a mile and a half away in the next village of Stoke Prior.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Bromsgrove, Stoke Works Foot Bridge

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Streetmap links
Bromsgrove, Stoke Works Foot Bridge general view map
Bromsgrove, Stoke Works Foot Bridge close up map

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Bromsgrove, Stoke Works Foot Bridge



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Photographic notes
Since network rail tree clearance, photography can be carried out all day, however the sun will be directly down the track for a couple of hours around 12:00 to 14:00. Unobstructed shots can be obtained from both sides of the bridge in both directions. It is very quiet for videoing-normally only birdsong to accompany the sound of the trains. Althought occasionally if you are unlucky with the wind, you may pick up the noise from the M5, but it is never too intrusive.


General views - All photographs © Peter Collins unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north

From the west side of footbridge. With sun, best after 14:00.

Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

From the east side. With sun, best up to around 11:30.

Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south

From the east side. With sun, earlier the better!

Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking south

From the west side. With sun, best after 16:00.

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