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Written by Howard Innpictime - 11 Apr 2012
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Location notes
In rolling Suffolk countryside on the edge of the busy village of Elmswell, between Bury St. Edmunds and Stowmarket on the Cambridge / Ely to Ipswich line.
Railway type and traffic
There is an hourly service weekdays from Ipswich to Cambridge and 2 hourly service to Peterborough mainly formed of local Norwich based units from class 153/156/170 in One/Anglia liveries [Now Greater Anglia].
Amongst the many freight services run by DB Schenker/Freightliner/GBRF and others, DRS locos often appear on various movements on this line but it is a growing arterial route for cross country freight and with future loading gauge clearances and line improvements is set to get even busier. There are occasional steam excursions.
Environment
On a public bridleway close to a busy road in and out of the village, Elmswell Hall farm and B&B is a couple hundred yards or so away under the railway bridge at the end of Parnell Lane. A good torch would be needed after dark.
Road directions
Turn off the A14 trunk road at Junction 47 (the A1088 signed Ixworth) and at the roundabout take the Elmswell exit onto Church Road. Immediately beyond the church and almshouses turn left into School Rd. and the single-lane Parnell Lane is about 2/10ths mile off to the left on a sharp bend.
Parking at the site is very limited and it may be better to drive beyond the bend in the road and walk back.

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Elmswell Hall map co-ordinates
Parking
Parking at the site is very limited and it may be better to drive beyond the bend in the road and walk back.
Public transport
Galloways bus service 384/5 runs through the village between Bury St. Edmunds and Stowmarket. However, Elmswell station is only about 1/2 mile away. (From the station turn right into Station Road and opposite the Co-op turn right again into School Road. Parnell Lane will be found on the right. As a point of interest, Hawks End Lane and Rose Lane mark the course of a former narrow-guage railway from Elmswell to brickworks at Woolpit).

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Amenities
No public toilets; however, such facilities for customers exist in the Railway Tavern (open midday till late) just up School Road toward the village centre. This pub does not serve food but contains an interesting collection of railway memorabilia, prints etc. Opposite the pub are the Elmswell Chinese Take-Away open from 17:00 except Mondays) and the Elmswell Fish & Chip shop (01359 244672 ~ closed Sun. Mon. but generally open lunch & evening I believe). In the centre of the village is a busy well-stocked Co-op and Post Office. Outside the station is the Fox pub, serving food lunchtime & evening (but closed Mondays) and with good views of the level crossing, line and station and all rail traffic.
Accommodation
Elmswell Hall is a farmhouse B&B just at the end of Parnell Lane.
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Elmswell Hall

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Photographic notes
The line is embanked at this point so good views can be had from below. Others prefer the top of Parnell Lane where a wider view can be obtained.The line is to the north so light is rarely a problem. Not really suitable for videography as the clip would be rather short.


General views - All photographs © Howard Innpictime unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west - Image Geoff Tibble


Fig 1 - Looking west - <i>Image  Geoff Tibble</i>


Fig 2 - Looking east - Image Geoff Tibble


Fig 2 - Looking east - <i>Image  Geoff Tibble</i>

From the fence line, just to the east of the crossing. The main crossing is around the end of the train.

Fig 3 - Looking east - Image Geoff Tibble


Fig 3 - Looking east - <i>Image  Geoff Tibble</i>


Fig 4 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north


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