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A bank along the east side of the DB Schenker Toton Yard, to the South West of Nottingham, along a public footpath. Good views of the yard and TMD. Best vantage point for the whole yard. Note that the area is quite high up and very exposed, so it will be windy at times!
The Up side (old and new bank yards) are on the near side, The North Yard is on the opposite side of the main lines towards the South. Toton TMD is also clearly visible. The Virtual Quarry is behind the TMD/North Yard.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger trains are very infrequent.
Mainly DB Schenker & Freightliner workings, both passing and entering the yards. Variety of shunting activity also visible. In the yard there are DB Schenker Class 60s, 66s, 67s & 08 shunters along with stored 08s/09s, 37s, 56s, 58s & 60s.
Trains entering the Up side from the South will proceed past the yard and back in although the Upside is currently mothballed . The Down Goods line was replaced north of Toton in 2008, although most freight originating at Toton departs to the south.
The bank is situated above the depot next to a housing estate on a dog walking path. It can get muddy when wet so best not to come in sandals!
Very quiet area, although if filming, local estate children can be heard at times. At the bottom of the bank is an access road, and occasionally vehicles run along here and kick up dust. Safe during the day, and there will be plenty of other rail fans around. Would not be well lit at night, apart from yard floodlights.
From the M1, Junction 25:
Take the A52 toward Nottingham. You will go over the yard on a bridge before you come to a roundabout. Here, take a right onto the B6003. Continue down this road for about a mile until you come to a set of traffic lights. Here, turn right on to Banks Road. Follow the road through the housing estate until you come to a mini roundabout. Walk up to the top of the bank to look down on the yard.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Toton Bank map co-ordinates
You can leave your car somewhere near the round about.
From Nottingham Station, Go to Broadmarsh Bus Station and get the Indigo Bus (every 6-8 mins). Ask to go to Long Eaton Green. It is normally £4 for a adult return. You will then see Asda. Walk up the left of ASDA and then head North West. You will come to a small footpath and go under a railway bridge. Shortly after, cross the green bridge. Head over once again in the North West Direction and you will see the bank.
The location can also be reached by walking for about half an hour from Attenborough train station.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
None at the location, some small shops along Woodstock Road to the East, plus a Tesco Supermarket in Toton.
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The sun can be a bit of a pain in the late afternoon/evening, as it heads towards the west (the direction of the yard). Lighting is generally good during the day, nothing blocking the sunlight bar clouds. Trains from the south can be seen for a long way, trains from the north are slightly blocked by the A52 bridge. The same goes for the very northern end of the Up Yard.
Shooting individual locos in the TMD would require a long lens.
The Virtual Quarry is mostly obscured by the TMD. However, shunts for this can sometimes be seen moving at the north end of the TMD in Sandiacre ballast sidings.
When shooting trains to the South, note the group of trees near the main. This will obscure trains. For videographers, the area should be quite quiet but note there is an estate nearby, so people passing may not always be quiet. However, other railfans are usually respectful. Also note that the area can be very windy, which may be a concern for sound quality.
The photos below were taken using a 100-300mm lens on a digital SLR, giving an approximate focal length of 200-450mm.
General views - All photographs © Tom Corker unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west - Photo © Craig Adamson
A loco on the north end of the depot.
Fig 2 - Looking west - Photo © Craig Adamson
A loaded train heading north past the depot.
Fig 3 - Looking south - Photo © Craig Adamson
From the A52 road bridge.
Fig 4 - Looking west - Photo © James Mayl
Locos parked outside the depot.
Fig 5 - Looking west - Photo © James Mayl
A light loco passing infront of the depot.
Fig 6 - Looking west - Photo © James Mayl
Locos in the east yard.
Fig 7 - Looking west - Photo © Michael Proudfoot
Locos in the east yard.
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