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Written by Tulki Jenkins - 26 Mar 2012
last update by Bob Cooney - 15 Aug 2015
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Location notes
Cogload Junction is about 5 miles from Taunton, Somerset. Here the two mainlines one from London and one from Bristol and the north meet to head south to Taunton onwards. This location is on the old Great Western mainline and has some interesting Brunel style engineering.
Railway type and traffic
The line is a mainline serving the south west of Britain, most traffic is First Great Western but other kinds can be seen. There is regular FGW HST services about every 20-30 minutes, with small 2-4 car units serving local stops every hour or so. There is a few Cross Country services running Voyagers and HSTs roughly every 50 minutes. There is generally quite a lot of traffic about 10 minutes between each train.
There is a small amount of freight mostly oil tankers going to Devon onwards. There can sometimes be some Network Rail traffic as their local base is only 6 miles away down the line.
Link to Real Time Trains
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It is a very open location, loads of scenery but be warned it can get very windy! All the locations are on the tow path of the canal and have great open views of the railway. There is a few farm animals around but not a lot as there is some crop growing in the fields behind.
Road directions
From the M5, Junction 25:
Follow the A358 towards Yeovil to the traffic lights and turn left onto Ruishton Lane and then Cheats Road. At the end of Cheats Road turn left on and continue through Creech St Michael until the roundabout where you turn right towards Creech Heathfield. Follow this road until the right turn to Charlton Orchards and take this onto Carlton Road. Follow this road for about 1 mile or so. You will cross over the small canal bridge and carry on to a track opposite where you will physically see Cogload bridge. Continue up and over and follow round to the left at the summit and at the bottom is parking for up to 8 vehicles right by the track.

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There is a lay-by by the road which is the closest but may have a small risk of theft/ damage but is unlikely. Signposted is a canal viewing area which you can park at and is reasonably safe but is a longer walk.
Public transport
Use the number 29 bus get off at West Lyng, walk along the road towards Taunton for 1/2 mile. Pause at the railway bridge and take some pictures and watch the trains while you catch your breath. Carry on walking for a few hundred yards then when you reach the canal bridge go down the path by its side and follow for 1/2 mile you will see the railway and the huge flyover there instantly. Then find a place you like!

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There are no facilities nearby.
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Cogload Junction

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Photographic notes
It is a very quite place with no disturbances or car noise. Light is good but can be awkward in winter months if looking southbound but is mostly not a problem. I suggest standing on the small bridge over the canal where you get a good angle being able to look under and over the flyover and there is a handy bench to sit on!

General views - All photographs © Tulki Jenkins unless otherwise stated
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Fig 7 - Looking east

Fig 7 - Looking east

Fig 8 - Some parking information

Fig 8 - Some parking information

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Location Video

An hour or so's trainspotting at Cogload Junction near Taunton. The lines from London (under flyover) meet the lines from Bristol (over flyover) resulting in plenty of traffic.

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