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Written by Bevan Price - 29 Apr 2004
last update by Bevan Price - 10 Oct 2004
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Location notes
I regret to report that galvanised iron fencing has now been erected here, currently only on the south side of the line, but ruining most photo. opportunities (and looking a complete eyesore in an open country area)

Grassy scrub-land, about 1 1/4 miles east of Newton Le Willows station, not far from Parkside East Junction.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger services between Manchester and Liverpool, Warrington Bank Quay, Chester and North Wales. These trains now all DMU operated by Classes 142, 150, 156, 158, 175 from First North Western & Arriva Trains Wales. Also sometimes used for diversions from other routes - check the National Rail timetable for dates - when Central Trains, Trans Pennine & Virgin services may appear.
Freight traffic is variable, but mostly light and subject to change. DB Schenker Class 66, plus an occasional Freightliner Class 66 are most likely to be seen.
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Environment
Rural, mainly grassy open space. Note that, as a former moss, some parts of the area can be muddy after heavy rain.
Road directions
Best from the section of A572 between Newton Le Willows and A580 at Lowton Lane Head. It is preferable to park on the A572 near the garden centre, just east of the M6 over bridge, but if you wish to risk parking nearer the location, proceed to the nearby junction with the A573 and turn south. Cross both railway bridges, and after about another 1/4 mile, there is a footpath sign on the left. Then follow the directions as for public transport (below)

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Parking
Best on the A572 - see Road Directions (above). The A573 is very busy at times, with some bends, and unattended parked cars might be considered as an obstruction. Allow about 15 minutes walking time from the A572.
Public transport
By rail to Newton Le Willows station.
From the station, turn right into the A572, walk under the M6 bridge, then turn right into the A573. After crossing two railway bridges, continue until a footpath sign on the left hand side of the road. Walk down this footpath until it forks slightly right towards a farm. At this point, take a much narrower footpath which forks left towards the railway line. The footpath actually continues across the railway line, but for photos before about 18:00, branch right onto a footpath that runs approximately parallel to the railway line on its south side. There are several gaps in the vegetation from which photographs can be taken, and you may need to move position dependent on whether you wish to photograph eastbound or westbound trains. Allow about 30 minutes from Newton Le Willows station.

An alternative route is available from Newton Le Willows. Pass the A573 junction and continue until the second footpath sign pointing towards the south. Walk to the end of this path, carefully cross the railway line at the public footpath crossing, then proceed as above.

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Lowton, Highfield Moss

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Photographic notes
Staying on the south side of the railway, sun is best for eastbound trains until late morning, then best for westbound trains until about 17:30 On summer evenings, some photos of westbound trains should be possible from a path on the north side of the line.


General views - All photographs © Bevan Price unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west


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