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Written by Cameron Wallace - 06 Jan 2015
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Location notes
Located in the south west of England, Oldfield Park is 2 minutes away from Bath Spa station and 17 from Bristol Temple Meads, with Keynsham bang in the middle. It serves trains to Bristol, Westbury, Gloucester, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Weymouth and Worcester amongst others.
There are also 3 footbridges which offer varying degrees of good shots. The best is the single road bridge which takes you over the goods loop and other the best views.
The station has one disabled access ramp to each station only. Passengers must use the footbridge to gain access to the other side.
Railway type and traffic
The passenger trains consist of First Great Western 150, 153, 158 and HSTs, South West trains 158, 159 and (diverted) Cross Country 220/221 Voyager and HSTs. These trains run about every 10 - 15 minutes in each direction.
The freight services run in between the vast amount of passenger services. There are many different types of train that pass by including intermodal trains, Engineers, Stone, Steel, Oil (usually diverted), countless light engine moves, other freight and the occasional NR test train.
Just to the east of the station (between Oldfield and Bath Spa) is a goods loop that once served the Calvert Binliner. However, since the service was stopped, some trains are placed in the loop to allow other to pass.
There are other trains to look out for as well. Many diesel & steam railtours call at Bath Spa, yet miss out Oldfield. All in all, on the freight you can see class 56, 59, 60, 66 and 70 and on the diesel charters 33, 37, 47, 57 and 67 are all used (NOTE: Traction for a tour can change suddenly so be prepared for a surprise)
Freight operators include DB Schenker, Freightliner, Colas Rail and GBRf (on an extremely rare basis) all work trains through the area.
West Coast Railways, Direct Rail Service and DB Schenker provide the charter traction.
Environment
The location is at the end of the main street, Moorland Road, which is built up but open as well. There are no farm animals to be disturbed.
The vast majority of the residents will do nothing untoward you. However, extra care should be taken in the darker hours in the Winter months. Some people may ask you the occasional question, just making a conversation, but beware of who you talk to.
Road directions
If on the A36 (Lower Bristol Road) take the turning for Brook Road. This junction can be located by a tyre garage and a speed camera. You need to go up the hill, where you will find the station entrance off a bridge.
Or if coming from a different direction find Moorland Road and follow the road (one way street) to the end where you will find the bridge.

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Oldfield Park map co-ordinates
Parking
There are a few good spots to park, with a few disabled spots in the area too. The triangle area is the best place as it is watched (in a safe way) by many of the residents. A quick walk to the bridge and you are there.
Public transport
A bus (route number 10) will take you to Moorland Road where you follow the signs for the station. A taxi can drop you by the bridge and the train services are quite common too. If cycling there are a few bike racks (no storage)

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Amenities
The nearest toilet is a public toilet located about 600 - 700 metres away at the end of Moorland Road behind a Co-Op. There is a Greggs bakery, 2 cafes, a cake shop, a fish and chip shop, Sainsburys and the Co-op all in Moorland Road.
Accommodation
The nearest B&B is the Grays Boutique Bed and Breakfast about 1000 metres away from the station.
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Oldfield Park close up map

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Photographic notes
With good weather yo should be able to see both ends of the line, which is well over a mile in length. During the summer, the light allow good pictures from about 06:30 until 21:00 at the latest. If the weather is particularly sunny, some head on shots may be very back lit etc. and can only be taken from one side, facing a particular direction.


General views - All photographs © Cameron Wallace unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 2- Looking east


Fig 2- Looking east


Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 4 - Looking west


Fig 4 - Looking west

From the Brougham Hayes road bridge to the east of the station.

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