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Written by Mark Widdop - 13 Sep 2009
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Location notes
This West Coast Mainline location is in an area of open countryside just outside Nuneaton, and is located around two railway crossings of public footpaths, one a bridge and the other an underpass. The location is a short walk from the village of Caldecote, along public footpaths.
Railway type and traffic
As with all West Coast Mainline locations passing traffic is dominated by class 390 Pendolinos. There is also occasional Virgin Trains Voyagers, as well as London Midland class 350s passing this location on passenger activity.
There is a fair amount of freight passing this location, with workings in the hands of DB Schenker, Freightliner and DRS.
Environment
The area is in open countryside, and a good 10 minute walk away from the closest road, there will be occasional walkers, cyclists and horses using the footpaths and bridleways.
Road directions
From Nuneaton Ring Road follow the A444 Weddington Road, out of the town centre signposted (A5, Burton), for approximately 2 miles, shortly before you reach the A5 there is a narrow left hand turn signposted Caldecote, head down this road, after around 0.3 miles park up, at this point the road becomes a bridleway, and private drive continue down there for around 0.4 miles, where there is a gate and the bridleway continues, after a short while there will be a style on the left hand side leading to a bridge, continue along the path under the railway line for an alternative angle across the fields. Do not be tempted to park further up the bridleway, as this is a private driveway of which the locals are quiet protective.

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Caldecote map co-ordinates
Parking
Park in Caldecote village as walk as directed above.
Public transport
Cresswell coaches operate a Number 7 service along Weddington Road, from where the driving directions can be followed.

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Amenities
Despite being a rural location the town of Nuneaton where there are plenty of local facilities is only around 2.5 miles away.
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Caldecote

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Photographic notes
The line here runs from North West to South East, favouring Southbound shots until mid afternoon when the sun has moved around enough for a Northbound shot. Whilst the footbridge offers views of all 4 lines, the two outside tracks (slow lines) have limited clearance and a narrow angle, however the line is sufficiently elevated, and landscape clear enough to use the footpaths in the area for alternative angles.


General views - All photographs © Mark Widdop unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west


Fig 1 - Looking north west


Fig 2 - Looking south east


Fig 2 - Looking south east


Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north

Taken from the bridleway.

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