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The location is the road bridge over the eastern portal of Blackburn tunnel, overlooking the East Lancashire line but also taking in the junction with the Hellifield line. Nearby is the site of Daisyfield station, where there is still one of the old platforms, a staffed signalbox and level crossing.
Railway type and traffic
Northern Trains services - hourly Blackpool York Class 158s, hourly Manchester Clitheroe 150/156 and hourly Blackpool South to Colne Class 142s.
There is also the three times a week Lindsey to Preston Dock bitumen traffic plus of course weekend diversions and specials (including steam) traversing the Settle Carlisle Blackburn route.
It is a part residential part industrial area in Blackburn.
From the M65, junction 6:
Head into Blackburn on the A678. After crossing the river there is a junction with a left turn onto Bancroft Street, which then leads to Birley Street and the location.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Daisyfield Junction map co-ordinates
Parking on Moss Street at Daisyfield level crossing is straightforward.
But parking on the bridge is possible and will keep your car in sight.
From Blackburn railway station go forward past the bus station and then turn right walking towards Accrington. This becomes Eanam Street. At the roundabout turn right towards Accrington then left into Bancroft Street and left again onto Birley Street. The bridge is on Birley Street.
For Daisyfield Station itself leave the bridge and walk along Pickup Street. Turn right at the end of the street into Daisy Street. Continue along Daisy Street, which becomes Moss Street. The level crossing is on Moss Street. Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
Few amenities nearby other than local corner shops and a pub next to Daisyfield level crossing.
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From the bridge you can only shoot loco hauled trains arriving in Blackburn from the east. DMUs in either direction although a low rising sun may be a problem from the east. At the level crossing, although it is rather cramped, pictures can be taken in either direction depending on where the sun is.
General views - All photographs © Mark Bartlett unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east
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