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Written by Marcus Dawson - 04 Jan 2005
last update by Mark Bearton - 09 Mar 2009
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Location notes
A flood plain viaduct on the Midland Main line just to the north of Bedford
Railway type and traffic
The line is primarily used by Midland Main Line expresses from London to Sheffield. Currently there is a mix of HSTs and Meridians.
There is a light smattering of freight on the line and there are frequent test train formations running to or from Derby.
Environment
The location is around a viaduct in rural Bedfordshire. You are more likely to encounter cows than people. The grass land is a flood plain for the Great Ouse so be prepared to get muddy feet!
Road directions
Radwell is signposted from the A6 out of Bedford.

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Radwell map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a small lay by buy the field. In times of heavy rain this will be just above the water level
Public transport
Stagecoach's 'Mercury M50' service runs hourly between Bedford and Kettering and runs along the road between Milton Ernest and Radwell.

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Amenities
There is nothing at the location.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Radwell

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Streetmap links
Radwell general view map
Radwell close up map

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Photographic notes
The location affords decent views of the fast lines in both the up and down directions. But the slow lines are at a higher level and partly shrouded by the viaduct wall.
Light is best from lunchtime onwards. The shot is only on for south facing trains, or symmetrical multiple units.
Links to photographs at this location

Rail-net - Sharnbrook


General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east


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