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Written by Rob Gooding - 15 Apr 2004
last update by Brian Carter - 26 Sep 2004
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Location notes
On the Great Eastern Main Line just north of Manningtree.
Railway type and traffic
Express passenger service between London and East Anglia, also freightliners to/from the port of Felixstowe.
Link to Real Time Trains
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Rural. Hilly with view over the River Stour to Essex.
Beware! Suitable footwear should be warn as the site is located in a field which has sandy soil. You may sink into the soil a couple of inches in places and this will stain your shoes orange!
Road directions
Located directly on the A137 about 8 miles south of Ipswich and 1 mile north of Manningtree.

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Brantham map co-ordinates
There is ample parking in lay-bys and on road side.
Public transport
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The nearby Bull public house serves bar meals.
Sun Compass
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Googly map
Streetmap links
Brantham general view map
Brantham close up map

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Photographic notes
Update July 2017: The foot crossing at this location has now been closed.

The double track is located on a curve and in a cutting. Photographs can be taken from the public footpath which crosses the line, from on top of the cutting giving some height to your pictures or from the nearby road bridge which will give you a lofty over view.

Photos are also possible from the field on the west side of the line during the afternoon (especially late afternoon) - this is accessed from the the path to the west of the houses on the west side of the road bridge (park in the layby by the houses). A medium length telephoto lens is useful - stand at the top of the field.

General views - All photographs © Rob Gooding unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 2- Looking north

Fig 2- Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking north

A slightly wider angle than fig 2.

Fig 4 - Looking north - Photo by Brian Carter

Fig 4 - Looking north - <i>Photo by Brian Carter</i>

A late afternoon shot from the west side of the line.

Fig 5 - Looking north - Photo by Brian Carter

Fig 5 - Looking north - <i>Photo by Brian Carter</i>

From the road bridge, beware of shadows from the cutting side

Fig 6 - Looking north - Photo by Brian Carter

Fig 6 - Looking north - <i>Photo by Brian Carter</i>

Fig 7 - Looking north - Photo by Brian Carter

Fig 7 - Looking north - <i>Photo by Brian Carter</i>

Another morning shot from the road bridge, beware of the shadows.

Fig 8 - Looking south - Image Geoff Plumb

Fig 8 - Looking south - <i>Image  Geoff Plumb</i>

This shot, taken from the public foot crossing, is best accessed by carrying on up the A137 and walking back along the foot path.

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