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Written by Marcus Dawson - 11 Oct 2014
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Location notes
Just to the east of the Suffolk County show ground this is a gated road crossing over the Ipswich to Felixstowe branch.
Railway type and traffic
The passenger traffic is multiple units on the Ipswich to Felixstowe shuttle which is usually the same unit all day. But the primary traffic on the branch is freight to the port of Felixstowe. This is modal traffic in the hands of DB/Freightliner/GBRf 66s and Freightliner 70s.
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RTT Link Nacton, Piggeries Crossing
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Environment
An open location with no direct cover from the elements. The crossing is quite narrow and you would, depending on position, be standing a couple of feet from the line.
Road directions
Come off the A14 at junction 58 and follow the A1156 back towards Ipswich, also signed Trinity Park on the Roundabout exit. Follow the road and you will pass back over the A14. Shortly after this you should reach a car dealership on the right. There is a residential road running parallel to the main road you can either drive down this or turn left just after the Shepherd and Dog pub you should see a 40mph speed triangle at this turn. The location is then directly in front of you.

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Nacton, Piggeries Crossing map co-ordinates
Parking
There are spaces directly opposite the crossing on both sides. Although, obviously, you will have to drive over the line to reach the other side. The closest spaces are part of retail establishments so it may be necessary to park a few feet further away.
Public transport
There is a bus stop opposite the location. First Suffolk service 75 calls here.

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Amenities
The Shepherd and Dog pub is just across the road which serves carvery food. A mile or so to the west is a Sainsburys superstore and just past that are other food outlets including Burger King and larger chain restaurants.
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Nacton, Piggeries Crossing

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Photographic notes
A very head on shot in either direction with curves in the distance making this location more preferable to telephoto users. The view is open from all four corners of the crossing. There is plenty of notice of approaching trains as, in addition to the red/green light there is a warble siren that sounds a good 60 seconds before the trian arrives.
The line is single track. But there is no places for workings to pass between Derby Road and Felixstowe. So if something has passed Trimley heading for Ipswich nothing will head in the other direction.
Although the Trimley RTT page shows all workings on the branch you can simply list workings in one direction only by looking at:
Levington Signal Co617 for Felixstowe bound workings
Levington Signal Co622 for workings bound for Ipswich and beyond


General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west

Seen from the southern side of the corssing. The Ipswich bound working iis about to pass over a small foot crossing. The shot is taken at about 200mm

Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west

Fromn the northern side of the crossing a 153 heads for Ispwich

Fig 3 - Looking east


Fig 3 - Looking east

A Felixstowe bound liner seen from the northern side of the crossing.

Location Video


At the start of this video you can hear both the 'singing' rails and the warble of the foot crossing siren which both indicate an approaching train.

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