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Written by Mark Bearton - 06 Jan 2005
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Location notes
Woodacre is a rural area on the West Coast Main Line between Preston and Lancaster. There used to be a farm crossing here but this has been replaced by a footbridge.
Railway type and traffic
There are a variety of services along the line. Principal passenger services are in the hands of Virgin's Voyagers and Pendolinos and Trans Pennine class 175s.
Freight is usually provided by DB Schenker class 66s on Coal and Departmental duties and class 92s on Enterprise workings, the occasional Freightliner 66 (the 86s tend to run at night), and DRS's Nuclear and Intermodal trains which produce a variety of traction.
The footbridge is fairly well used by walkers. The area surrounding it is very rural, however there is a small industrial operation next to it and the M6 motorway on the other side of the line so there is quite a bit of noise, especially on weekdays.
Road directions
Take the A6 north from Preston and junction 1 of the M55 (close to it's junction with the M6) towards Garstang. You will pass through Broughton, Bilsborrow and Brock before skirting the edge of Garstang. The road heads down a long straight, passing over a bridge, through some traffic lights, and past the Crofter's Hotel on the left. A road comes in from the right, from Garstang, and you need to take the next turning on the right, signposted to Scorton.
Follow Gubberford Lane until you cross a tight bridge, and turn right immediately afterwards. At the next right hand bend of this lane you will see the industrial unit in front.

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Woodacre map co-ordinates
There is plenty of space to park on the side of the road before the corner, though leave room for any lorries accessing the works.
Public transport
Stagecoach services 40/41 (from Preston) and 42 (from Blackpool) pass through Garstang and along the A6 to Lancaster, passing the end of Gubberford Lane. It would be about a 20 minute walk from there.

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There are no amenities in the area, the closest can be found at either Brock or Bilsborrow.
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Photographic notes
Photos can be taken of Southbound trains both n the morning and afternoon, the time of day determining which side of the bridge to stand. Photos of Northbound trains are not really possible. Due to the noise from the M6 and the farm bridge to the north you do not get much warning of approaching trains.

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

Fig 1 - Looking north

Morning shot

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Afternoon shot

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