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Written by James Caton - 04 Apr 2004
last update by Philip Dean - 16 Apr 2012
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Location notes
A road bridge near Plymouth, Devon on the Great Western main line.
Railway type and traffic
Mainly FGW (HSTs) Virgin (220s and 221s) and the odd Wessex (150s, 158s, 159s)
Also occasional freight workings with 66s or 60s.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Hemerdon Summit
This link should be close to the location, but may not be the actual location so please check the page. This link will take you to what is happening 'around now'. Dates and times can be changed at the top of the page.
Located in the country outside of the city of Plymouth, the road can be quite busy with speeding cars at times so beware.
Road directions
From the A38:
Take the Plympton turn off. Head towards Plympton and, when you come to a roundabout, carry straight on till you get to another and then take the third exit. Follow this road until you get to the overhead road bridge.

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Hemerdon Summit map co-ordinates
You can park right next to the bridge.
Public transport
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Down the road from location is the village of Sparkwell which has a pub The Treby Arms.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Hemerdon Summit

Googly map
Streetmap links
Hemerdon Summit general view map
Hemerdon Summit close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
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Photographic notes
You can shoot workings in both directions. As the Sun sets it can prohibit trains from Plymouth direction during the evening sometimes.

Extra notes for videographers:
The location can get quite windy because a lot of hedging has been cut down so its now quite open and exposed.
Links to photographs at this location

West Country Railway Pages

General views - All photographs © James Caton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

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