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Written by Kevin Lee - 04 May 2004
last update by Graham Lee - 29 Aug 2011
and by Peter Lovell - 22 May 2012
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Location notes
On the Great Western Main Line between Maidenhead and Reading.
Railway type and traffic
Frequent FGW services operated by HSTs and Class 165/166 Turbos.
Generally light freight traffic but a bit busier around lunchtime and early afternoon, mostly Mendip Rail stone trains, various DBS, Freightliner stone/cement and the GBRF scrap sleeper train.
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RTT Link Shottesbrooke Farm
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Environment
Open countryside, farm fields and the farm itself. The road is a rat-run but not very busy.
Road directions
From the A4 between Reading and Maidenhead.
The turning into Bottle Lane is between the village of Knowl Hill and the roundabout for Burchetts Green. The road is signposted to Shottesbrook.

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Shottesbrooke Farm map co-ordinates
Parking
There is parking by the bridge on the verge and in field gates. You are right by the bridge and there is no problem with the Farmer (Providing you move the car for him!)
Public transport
Unfortunately, none to this location.

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Amenities
There are several local public houses in White Waltham village, Knowl Hill and Littlewick Green.
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Shottesbrooke Farm

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Streetmap links
Shottesbrooke Farm general view map
Shottesbrooke Farm close up map

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Photographic notes
The light is good from 0900 - until the sun crosses the line at around 1600. Then it becomes problematic. Up main and relief good for all types of photography. Down lines need telephoto lens due adjacent signal gantry.
Would be very good for video due to the dead straight track for a good way in each direction.. There is a local airfield at White Waltham which can sometimes get noisy with light aircraft and helicopters coming and going.

This location re-opened in April 2012 after the bridge had been raised and re-built for the forthcoming GWML electrification. There is a now a narrow pavement on either side and brick walls about 5ft high. Would recommend a small step ladder or similar equipment. The combination of the raised bridge and higher sides results in shots being taken 3-4ft higher than in the past. This makes the London side easier as the signal gantry can be overcome with a modest degree of telephoto.


General views - All photographs © Kevin Lee unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west - Image Peter Lovell.


Fig 1 - Looking west - <i>Image  Peter Lovell</i>.


Fig 2- Looking east - Image Peter Lovell.


Fig 2- Looking east  - <i>Image  Peter Lovell</i>.


Fig 3 - Looking east - Image Peter Lovell.


Fig 3 - Looking east - <i>Image  Peter Lovell</i>.


Fig 4 - Looking west


Fig 4 - Looking west

The up main.

Fig 5 - Looking west



Fig 5 - Looking west

The up relief

Fig 6 - Looking west



Fig 6 - Looking west

The up main after the sun has crossed the line in the afternoon.

Fig 7 - Looking east



Fig 7 - Looking east

The down main.

Fig 8 - The rebuilt bridge - Image Peter Lovell.



Fig 8 - The rebuilt bridge - <i>Image  Peter Lovell</i>.


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