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Written by Marcus Dawson - 27 Jun 2009
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Location notes
A road over bridge on the Midland Main Line between Derby and Trent Junction, just outside Derby.
Railway type and traffic
A mixture of EMT Meridians and HSTs along with Cross Country Voyagers and 170s.
There is little freight that passes the location.
The former Railway Technical Center, now the base for Serco provides a colourful selection of trains that often pass the location on their way just about anywhere in the country.
An open area next to a wide, busy road. The embankment is quite steep but there is no need to go down it. You can just sit on the crash barrier.
The road is very wide and it is not advisable to cross it on a whim.
Road directions
The location is on the A6 ring road of Derby. Follow this road into town and you will pass over the location.

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Derby, Pride Parkway map co-ordinates
There is no stopping on the bridge so you will need to park in the retail/industrial units have plenty of parking which is only a few minutes walk away.
Public transport
Arriva have a number of Services that run along London Road, which is the southern end of Pride Parkway. Numbers 44 and 45. Plus there are a couple of stops on Pride Parkway itself.

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There is nothing in the immediate area. But Derby city centre is a short drive/bus ride away.
Derby has plenty of hotels and B&Bs
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Derby, Pride Parkway

Googly map
Streetmap links
Derby, Pride Parkway general view map
Derby, Pride Parkway close up map

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Derby, Pride Parkway

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Photographic notes
The road runs at 90 degrees to the line which is a curve under the bridge, so the light will favour Derby departures up until mid day and arrivals after lunch. There are a number of bushes that will start to encroach on the later coaches of workings but nothing on the front few vehicles.
Given the proximity of the A6 to where you will stand road noise will be a serious problem for videographers.

General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

From the fig 1 position, but with a 200mm lens.

Fig 3 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking east

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