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Written by Michael David Stuart - 11 Jan 2015
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Location notes
Fulwood in Preston, Lancashire on the West Coast Main Line north of Preston.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger services run by Virgin, Trans Pennine Express and Northern Rail.
Freightliner run coal trains and occasional day time liners, DRS run nuclear flask services early morning and evening. Various companies run engineering services on weekends.
Environment
A footbridge next to a busy road bridge on the outskirts of Fulwood. Footpath is quite busy with cyclists and walkers, used to access to Preston Guild Wheel route.
Road directions
From the A6 (Garstang Road) north of Preston turn left on to Lightfoot Lane and follow the road until you join the main road (Eastway). Turn left at the junction and you will see the bridge, continue over the bridge and you will see a small parking area on the left.

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Lightfoot Lane, Preston map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a small parking area next to the bridge where it is safe to park.
Public transport
Stagecoach run the 4/4A bus which goes down Lightfoot Lane.

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Amenities
No toilets in the area, or any nearby pubs or shops. Nearest ones are on Garstang Road.
Accommodation
Nearest hotel is the IBIS hotel near the M55 motorway junction near Broughton.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Lightfoot Lane, Preston

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Lightfoot Lane, Preston



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Photographic notes
Due to the tree line and hillsides there is not any good angle for light for northbound trains, but early afternoon light is good for trains heading south. Leave plenty of time to get in position for trains heading either way as the road can be very busy and take a while to cross safely. Going away shots are not possible.
Due to the busy path and roads, and heavy trucks leaving a nearby wasteland, the location is not ideal for videos.


General views - All photographs © Michael David Stuart unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south


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