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Written by Peter Lovell - 03 Sep 2012
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Location notes
About 1.5 miles south of Wendover on the Marylebone to Aylesbury line. The location is a road bridge just off the A413 on the small road that runs up to Dunsmore village. The line is descending from Dutchlands summit towards Aylesbury at 1 in 117 on a north/south axis and is starting to go into a cutting. Trees on the north side of the line give additional depth to the cutting and restrict photography and sunlight.
Railway type and traffic
Traffic is almost exclusively Chiltern DMUs (eg Class 165s) working even interval services from Aylesbury to Marylebone.
No regular freight. Occasional engineers, Network Rail measurement train and specials need to be worked by locomotives that are fitted with trip cocks to operate over the electrified Metropolitan line south of Amersham (Normally selected class 66s).
Environment
Open countryside with trees to the south, woodlands to the north. the road bridge will just about accommodate two cars crossing, traffic is often light but steady.
The bridge walls are waist height, but there are brick buttresses at either corner about six foot high, that would need a small step-ladder.
For trains from the south you can stand just to the east side of the bridge to broaden the angle.
Road directions
From Wendover take the A413 towards Great Missenden. After the by-pass has joined the A 413 carry on until you see road signs for Dunsmore. Turn right and after 50 yards you will cross the bridge. From Great Missenden the location is 3.5 miles north.

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Dunsmore (Little London) map co-ordinates
Parking
Limited, space for about three cars, parking in two field entrances on the west side of the line.
Public transport
Arriva service 55 from Aylesbury to Chesham travels down the A413 although it is unclear if there is a recognised stop in the vicinity.

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Amenities
Nearest facilities are in Wendover with local shops a Co-op and pubs.
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Dunsmore (Little London)

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Dunsmore (Little London)



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Photographic notes
For trains from the south the sun becomes a problem after about 11:00, although would be OK for going away shots from mid-afternoon. Northbound trains in the afternoon would be at a tight angle because of trees. For trains from the north early afternoon would be best for the sun.
Modest approach for video. Looking south the line curves slightly to the left. The view has been reduced in recent years due to tree growth.


General views - All photographs © Peter Lovell unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

A going away shot of a top and tailed train.

Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


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