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Written by Craig Northcott - 30 Aug 2009
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Location notes
A bridge over the Salisbury to Exeter line at Bradford Abbas, about 3 miles outside Yeovil.
Railway type and traffic
More or less only South West Trains Class 159s. But there are often have charters to and from London throughout the year.
Environment
The bridge is a quiet country road within the village of Bradford Abbas.
Take care when traffic does come along as it is only wide enough for one vehicle, but with enough room for you to continue to stand on the bridge as the vehicle passes.
Road directions
From Yeovil follow the signs for Yeovil Junction Station. As you approach the turning for Yeovil Junction carry on past and under the railway bridge. Then take the first left, which is just after a commercial vehicle sales garage. Follow this road, under another railway bridge (Bristol to Weymouth Line) until you come across a t-junction which has a triangle patch of grass in the middle, turn left towards Bradford Abbas. Take the next first left into the village, then the first right. The bridge will be right in front of you on this road.

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Bradford Abbas, Yeovil map co-ordinates
Parking
As you take the last right turn on the road over the bridge, between the junction and the bridge there is a street on the left which leads to residential housing. You can easily park anywhere on this street on the side of the road.
Public transport
From Yeovil Junction Station there is a very infrequent bus which only has 2 buses a day each way Monday to Friday only leaving Yeovil Junction at 09:10 and 13:07 and leaving Bradford Abbas 10:38 and 14:34 on South West Coaches Service No.74. From Yeovil Junction there is a half hourly South West Coaches Service No.68 to and from Yeovil Bus Station.

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Amenities
There are no toilet facilities in the area. There is a local post office and newsagent just round the corner back into Bradford Abbas from the bridge.
Accommodation
There are no hotels or Bed & Breakfasts in Bradford Abbas. The nearest would be in either Yeovil or Sherborne.
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Bradford Abbas, Yeovil

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Photographic notes
This location is good for down trains from Sherborne but great for up trains from Yeovil Junction. Looking towards Yeovil Junction you have a 3 quarter mile straight stretch of track but during sunset as the sun sets in this direction it can make for tricky lighting.


General views - All photographs © Craig Northcott unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west

The view towards Yeovil Junction.

Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east

Looking towards Sherborne.

Location Video


Having just left Yeovil Junction, the A4 climbs away on a continuous 1 in 100 and heads East through Bradford Abbas on its way back to London.

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