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Written by Matt Clarke - 01 Jan 2005
last update by Matt Weston - 14 Apr 2008
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Location notes
A very little used automatic level crossing at Pirton on the Birmingham - Bristol main line.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger services in the hands of Cross Country Voyagers, 170s and 158s, plus the occasional 150.
A good place to see Cotswold Rail locos as their base is close by at Gloucester.
Freight consists of DB Schenker coal services from Avonmouth to Midlands power stations, North East - South Wales steel services, fuel tanks, etc. Also some military traffic, and DRS nuclear flask workings.
A good day should see several class 60s, breaking the Shed monopoly.
Rolling farmland, quiet lane with little traffic.
The location is remote and therefore well suited to photography, few cars use the level crossing. There is a dirt track with public access to the railway line allowing good photographic opportunities.
Road directions
From the M5 join the A44 and head towards Pershore and Evesham take your first right before entering Drakes Broughton and follow the country lanes taking your first right and then next left around 3 miles from the main road you will come across a level crossing, there are actually two level crossings following the road down to the second one will offer you better views of the line.

From M5, Junction 7:
Head for Pershore on the B4084.
After passing through the village of Stoulton, turn right signposted Wadborough.
After entering Wadborough turn left at the T junction, this takes you down to the crossing.

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Pirton map co-ordinates
You can park in the Network Rail access gateway without blocking the gate, a couple of cars can park here.
Public transport
You should be able to get a bus from Worcester to Wadborough, then around 3/4 mile walk.

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There is a pub in Wadborough village,about 1.5 miles from Pirton, otherwise Worcester or Pershore.
A local pub offers B&B. The nearest town offering accommodation is Pershore, which is 5 or 6 miles away. Worcester has a large selection of accommodation.
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.

Googly map
Streetmap links
Pirton general view map
Pirton close up map

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Photographic notes
Light remains fairly good throughout the day up until late afternoon when shadows will impair good shots. Views of both the up and down lines are great. Being rural there is very little in the way of noise interference apart from the odd tractor and car using the crossing.
Links to photographs at this location

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General views - All photographs © Matt Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking north - Image Matt Weston

Fig 3 - Looking north - <i>Image  Matt Weston</i>

Fig 4 - Looking south - Image Matt Weston

Fig 4 - Looking south - <i>Image  Matt Weston</i>

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