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Written by Peter Moore - 30 Aug 2011
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Location notes
A country location situated to the south of the hamlet of Haresfield, about 2-3 miles from Stonehouse. This is a footpath track crossing a bridge opposite a farm.
The bridge crosses the mainline between Bristol and Birmingham also just south is the branch off to Stroud and Swindon.
Railway type and traffic
The mainline carries half hourly 220/221 voyagers each way and local trains formed of mainly 150/153/158. There are also HST's running to and from Cheltenham Spa and London Paddington.
Freight traffic on the line is in the hands of class 60's on fuel trains from Westerleigh to Lindsey and Robeston. Nuclear flask trains are a common occurance from Bridgewater and Berkeley up to Crewe as well as occasional coal traffic in the hands of freightliner 66's/70's, engineers and MOD traffic and also it is a regular route for railtours and special workings.
Environment
The location is a track over the railway only used by the opposite farm and to a house. This is accessed by the adjacent road next to the bridge which is a minor road only going to the local villages just off the B4008. The road adjacent is quite quiet and so is practical for filming purposes. The farmers are friendly with enthusiasts and often a dog is loose which is very friendly and is not to be worried about.
Road directions
From the M5, Junction 12 :
Take the B4008 towards Stonehouse/Stroud. Then not far along turn left, when you come to the t-junction turn right. Before passing over the railway turn right and follow the road along until you see the farm on the right and the bridge immediately on the left.

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Haresfield, Bridge Farm map co-ordinates
Parking
There is parking available immediately next to the bridge on the side of the road. the area is quiet and cars should be safe albeit you only being less than 100m from the car on the bridge anyway.
Public transport
There is no public transport that runs immediately to the area however a frequent bus service between Stroud and Gloucester, service number 20, stops not to far away on the main B4008 at Little Haresfield it is then a 20 minute walk to the bridge up Little Haresfield Road.

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Amenities
there is little in the way of local ammenities with only a pub in the village up the road. There are however cafe's, shops and ammenities in Stonehouse (3 miles down the road).
Accommodation
There are B&Bs and Hotels in Stonehouse and Stroud which are nearby. There may be accommodation in the pub in Haresfield.
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Haresfield, Bridge Farm

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Photographic notes
Light is best from Early Morning to noon-ish as shadows can affect pictures. The line runs from North to South. The adjacent road is quiet and so is practical for videographers.


General views - All photographs © Peter Moore unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 5 - Looking north



Fig 5 - Looking north


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