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Written by Mark Bearton - 04 Jan 2005
last update by Mark Bearton - 10 Mar 2006
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Location notes
Brock is approximately 7 miles north of Preston on the West Coast Main Line.
Railway type and traffic
Trains are a mixture of Virgin, North Western and Trans Pennine Express passenger trains with mainly inter-regional freight trains operated by DB Schenker, Freightliner and DRS.
Environment
The location is rural though adjacent to both the A6 and M6 so easy to reach. You are likely to see between 0 and 5 people per hour and maybe the odd cow.
Road directions
Driving north along the A6 from Preston you pass through the village of Bilsborrow and after about 1/2 mile there is a Land Rover dealership on the right. The crossing is located to the rear of the Land Rover dealership car park.

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Brock Crossing map co-ordinates
Parking
You can park on the road on the right just past the showroom, though this is a very busy road, there is also room for one car next to the public footpath gate leading to the showroom. There is also a lay-by on the left about a quarter of a mile further north beyond the canal bridge.
Public transport
Stagecoach route 40 operates twice an hour along the A6 between Preston and Lancaster.

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Amenities
There are no toilets however due to the rural nature an alternative is likely to be found! There are several pubs in the village of Bilsborrow, and others regularly along the length of the A6.
Accommodation
Guys Thatched Hamlet adjacent to Old Nells Tavern just off the A6 by the canal in Bilsborrow.
At least one of the pubs in Bilsborrow may have accommodation, though both Preston and Lancaster are within 15 miles.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Brock Crossing

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Photographic notes
The foot crossing is best for morning shots of southbound trains. The footpath divides just after the crossing with one running parallel with the line for a short distance to a bridge over a small river. This bridge raises you slightly above the line and gives views either way.


General views - All photographs © Mark Bearton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north

From the bridge

Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north


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