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Written by Kevin Lee - 21 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.
On the edge of Waltham St Lawrence village, surrounded by fields. Moderate traffic on road but can be fast moving despite the 40mph speed restriction!
Road directions
From the A4 between Maidenhead and Reading:
Turn south onto Milley Lane in Hare Hatch, bridge is about 1 mile down the road.
If coming from the south, 1 mile from The Bell public house in Waltham St Lawrence Village.

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Milley Bridge map co-ordinates
Parking is by the bridge, but this area is in frequent use as a track access point so please leave space for vehicles to pass.
Public transport
First Group operate an infrequent service between Maidenhead (First Great Western Link) and Bracknell (South West Trains) Number 53A. Nearest Stop is The Bell Pub in Waltham St Lawrence, about 1 mile from the bridge.

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Some pubs in Hare Hatch and the afore mentioned Bell Pub in Waltham St Lawrence.
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.
Milley Bridge

Googly map
Streetmap links
Milley Bridge general view map
Milley Bridge close up map

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Milley Bridge

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Photographic notes
January 2018 Appeal:
The Great Western Electrification continues expanding towards the south-west making most of the GWML shots west of Ealing on the site currently out of date. Please send in your new images of the old locations with the overhead mast and wires in place so people can see how the locations have changed.

The light is good from 09:00 until 16:00 when the sun crosses the line. Limited after this time. A dense tree lined cutting to the east prevents photography on the down main from the south side and the adjacent signal gantry requires the use of a telephoto lens of at least 300mm for the down relief. Due to the trees, photography outside the summer months may be difficult due to shadows.
Not the best spot for video, though trains are visible for up to 4 miles from the east and 3.5 miles from the west!

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

Fig 1 - Looking west

The up relief

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

The up relief

Fig 3 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking east

The down main

Fig 4 - Looking east

Fig 4 - Looking east

The down relief

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