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Written by Jonathan Kirkham - 23 Oct 2010
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Location notes
Baylham is a little village located just south of Needham Market which is about 10 miles to the north of Ipswich. The location itself if a foot crossing just to the north of the village, situated alonside the main B road heading out of Needham Market. It is about 20 minutes walk from the station.
Railway type and traffic
This is on the Norwich - London mainline so you will see plenty of Class 90s + DVTs running these express services. You will also see Class 156, 153 and 170 DMUs on local services from Ipswich to places like Peterborough and Cambridge. You can also expect to see some freight, although it can be quite patchy especially at weekends.
The location is situated on a foot crossing surrounded by grasslands either side with easy access to the crossing via a number of footpaths. It is also easily visible from the B1113 as you head out of Needham Market.
Road directions
Head south on the B1113 out of Needham Market towards Baylham and Ipswich. Once you are out of Needham Market you will pass one private turning on the right and the first foot crossing on the left, before reaching a lay-by on the left with the foot crossing immediately visible to the left, about 100m away.

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Baylham map co-ordinates
Park in the lay-by situated around 100m from the foot crossing. The crossing is easily visible from here.
Public transport
It is about a 15-25min walk from Needham Market train station depending upon how fast you walk.

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There are no facilities in the area but plenty of pubs, shops etc in Needham Market.
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Googly map
Streetmap links
Baylham general view map
Baylham close up map

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Photographic notes
You can stand either fairly close to the railway or further back. You get excellent views both ways, with a nice long straight to the south and a signal to tell you when northbound workings are approaching. Light is good looking southbound for practically all of the day and also for southbound as long as you stand on the right side depending upon the time of day.

General views - All photographs © Jonathan Kirkham unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

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