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Written by Kevin Lee - 20 Aug 2004
last update by Graham Lee - 29 Aug 2011
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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.
Environment
On the outskirts of Ruscombe village on a dead end lane, otherwise fields. Light road traffic and walkers. beware of the high-speed reversing dust-cart on a Monday!
Road directions
From the centre of Twyford village:
(A3032 or A321 from the A4 between Reading and Maidenhead) go east along the A3032 forking right onto the B3024 to White Waltham then after about 1/2 mile, immediately after crossroads, where the road bends to the left take the lane on the right past Ruscombe church. Then right into Southbury Lane which crosses the railway.

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Ruscombe (Southbury Lane) map co-ordinates
Parking
Limited parking on the south side of the bridge and roadside verge otherwise by the church (please keep accesses clear)
Public transport
Rail to Twyford by First Great Western Link (3 an hour from London, 4 an hour from Reading). Buses 126, 127, 128 to crossroads in centre of Twyford - limited service from Reading Station (quicker by train!) On foot follow directions as for road, approximately 1 mile.

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Amenities
Plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants in Twyford village.
Accommodation
Accommodation in the local area - see: This site
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.
Ruscombe (Southbury Lane)

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Ruscombe (Southbury Lane) general view map
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Ruscombe (Southbury Lane)



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Photographic notes
Fairly high bridge. Views onto mains restricted by vegetation. The light is good from 0900 - until the sun crosses the line at around 1600. Then it becomes problematic. Relief lines good until 1600, excellent for the long Mendip stone trains that come down in the afternoon. Mains can be photographed after the sun crosses the line at 1600. Outside the summer months shadows can be a problem as the line to the west is in a deep tree-lined cutting. Fine location for video and if you are lucky you might even get the church clock ringing in the background!


General views - All photographs © Kevin Lee unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east

Down Relief at 15:00

Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west

Up relief at 15:30

Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking west

Up relief at 16:20
Twyford station is visible in the background

Fig 4 - Looking east


Fig 4 - Looking east

Down shot showing problem with down main.

Fig 5 - Looking west



Fig 5 - Looking west

View towards London after sun has crossed the line.

Fig 6 - Looking east



Fig 6 - Looking east

View towards Reading after sun has crossed the line (shame about the cloud!)

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