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Written by Tony Rispoli - 04 Mar 2010
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Location notes
This location is on the South Wales Main line from Severn Tunnel Junction to Newport. The nearest city is Newport. It is adjacent to Llanwern Steelworks.
There are a few large villages in the area, where you can get food.
Railway type and traffic
There are 4 running lines, the reliefs being furthest away from the signal box.
Traffic consists of First Great Western Class 43s (HSTs), Classes 170, 158, 150s, and 143s.
You are at the turn off for Llanwern so you there is plenty of freight passing through. You get loaded steel/coal, Departmental and Enterprise, Ballast trains.
Locomotives to see are: Freightliner 66s, DBS 66s, DBS 67s and occasional DBS Class 60s.
Environment
You are in a very rural location, in the village of Bishton. The former signal box is now used as a crossing box, and only controls the gates of the crossing when large vehicles need to cross. Pedestrians and small cars have to use the 5.6ft underpass!
Road directions
From M4, Junction 23a:
At the roundabout, take the exit toward Magor/Magwyr/Caldicot/B4245 and head south. Take the firstleft and drop down to the B4252 roundabout. Turn left, 1st exit, and go back under the road. Take the second left on this road past some farm buildings and follow the windy road south to the location.

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Bishton Crossing map co-ordinates
Parking
There is parking available on either side of the line. If crossing the line, remember you have to use the 5.6 ft underpass as the gates are only unlocked for busses and large vehicles.
Public transport
Veolia Transport Cymru bus, service 61, will take you to Newport, and runs on a roughly 2 hour frequency.

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Amenities
Newport or any of the surrounding villages.
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.
Bishton Crossing

Googly map
Streetmap links
Bishton Crossing general view map
Bishton Crossing close up map

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Bishton Crossing



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Photographic notes
You are just west of Biston Flyover/Llandevenny. The advantage of this location is that the relief lines are now paired together, and freight traffic is travelling relatively slow at this point. Trains coming from the Newport direction can be seen from a long way away, and you have plenty of warning. Unfortunately trains from Seven Tunnel Junction are heard before they are seen, but there should be plenty of time to get the photo you want!
For video, there may be a very little background noise from the Steel works but the main non railway sound you will hear will be bird song!


General views - All photographs © Tony Rispoli unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 3 - Looking east


Fig 3 - Looking east


Fig 4 - Looking west


Fig 4 - Looking west


Fig 5 - Looking west



Fig 5 - Looking west


Fig 6 - Looking north



Fig 6 - Looking north


Fig 7 - The location



Fig 7 - The location


Fig 8 - The location



Fig 8 - The location


Location Video



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