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Written by Peter Kellett - 14 Jun 2004
last update by Jonathan Cale - 31 May 2011
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Location notes
The location is situated just to the north of Crawford village, not far from the M74. The West Coast Main Line crosses over the River Clyde on its decent from Beattock summit for down trains and on its ascent for up trains, therefore southbound trains are working hard to achieve the climb whilst northbound are having a somewhat easier time.
Railway type and traffic
Virgin units, both diesel and electric varieties with the remains of the loco. hauled Euston - Glasgow at the time of writing. DB Schenker diesel and electric hauled freight, DRS activity and Freightliner trains including FHH hoppers, boxes and automotive.
Environment
A rural location near to the banks of the infant River Clyde, expect to encounter anglers during the fishing season and occasional campers in tents and caravanettes.
Road directions
From the M74, Junction 14:
Take the second exit from the roundabout onto the A702. At the T junction turn left onto the B7076 signposted Crawford and Abington. After about one mile turn right onto an unclassified road signposted Crawford, continue through the village until you reach a small triangle of roads just before a left curve. Turn right here and cross the railway bridge turning left immediately after the bridge. This road leads down to a bridge over the river. Shortly after crossing the river bridge turn sharp left up a narrow uphill road. You will see a grass clearing after cresting the hill from which the many vantage points can be reached.

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Beattock Bank, Crawford - River Clyde Bridge map co-ordinates
Parking
Ample parking is available on the grass clearing, but be vigilant during extreme wet weather and do not stray to far from firm ground.
Public transport
A bus service does operate to Crawford but not near to the photographic location. Follow the road directions on foot from the village.

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Amenities
Village shops in Crawford and Abington Service station is nearby at junction 13 on the M74.
Accommodation
Bed and Breakfast available in Crawford and the services in Abington offer accommodation.
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Beattock Bank, Crawford - River Clyde Bridge

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Beattock Bank, Crawford - River Clyde Bridge general view map
Beattock Bank, Crawford - River Clyde Bridge close up map

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Beattock Bank, Crawford - River Clyde Bridge



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Photographic notes
There are numerous vantage points within 100 yards of this rural location and photography with the light on the right side is achievable all day with just a little walking.


General views - All photographs © Peter Kellett unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 1 - Looking south

From the west side of the line.

Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south

From the east side of the line.

Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south

A slight change of angle from fig 2.
A new pallisade fence has been errected (fig 7) at this locaiton making this shot a little tricky. Steps would now be an advantage.

Fig 4 - Looking North


Fig 4 - Looking North

From the west side of the line.

Fig 5 - Looking north



Fig 5 - Looking north

East side from down on the river bank

Fig 6 - Looking north



Fig 6 - Looking north

From the east side of the line.

Fig 7 - Looking south - Image Jonatan Cale



Fig 7 - Looking south - <i>Image  Jonatan Cale</i>


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