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A Cambridgeshire bridge, known as Beggars Bridge, across a dyke.
Deep in the Fens, between Peterborough and Cambridge, the location is situated on the busy connecting line between Ely and Peterborough.
Railway type and traffic
All regular passenger trains are DMUs, local services between Peterborough and Ipswich are run by Anglia Railways using Class 150 and 153 units. Longer distance services are operated by Central Trains using 156, 158 and 170 DMU classes, running services between Birmingham and Stansted, and Norwich and Liverpool.
Given the proximity to March the location sees a considerable amount of freight traffic. A high proportion of these are DB Schenker aggregate trains. Stone from La Farge at Mountsorrel is transported to Norwich Trowse, Kennett, Barham, Broxbourne and Chesterton Jnc. Limestone trains run to Bury St Edmunds and Brandon for use by the local sugar factories. Bulk sand trains run from Middleton Towers (Kings Lynn), and from Bardon Concrete at Croft (Leicester) to Bishops Stortford. DB Schenker also have two trains running in and out of Felixstowe, intermodal traffic to Wakefield and Cargowaggons to Healey Mills.
The Freightliner traffic is mainly intermodal trains from Wilton and Leeds to Felixstowe, although Heavy Haul now run services to Chesterton Junction near Cambridge.
GBRf have two daily intermodal trains to Felixstowe from Hams Hall and Selby, as well as handling a good number of engineering and construction trains connected with the rebuilding of Whitemoor Yard.
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Quiet Cambridgeshire fenland. The loction is a very explosed to the elements.
Roadside at the location.
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Beggars Bridge, The Turves
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The flat nature of the fenlands trains can be seen coming for a great distance. The track is slightly elevated relative to the road position. However the
location is fine for any time of day as there is very little to cast shadows in any direction.
Extra notes for videographers
Being open fenland the wind can be very obtrusive so adequate wind shielding is a must.
General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east
Fig 2 - Looking north west
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