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Written by Mark Bearton - 14 Jan 2005
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Location notes
The Queensville Curve is immediately south of Stafford station on the West Coast Main Line, and is where the Trent Valley route turns through ninety degrees to head briefly east away from the Birmingham line.
Railway type and traffic
The main services on the line are the now Pendolino operated Liverpool and Preston/Glasgow to London Euston services, with Holyhead to London trains operated by Voyagers. There is an hourly Stafford to Birmingham via Walsall local service.
Freight at this point is mainly Freightliner and DB Schenker Enterprise services heading south out of Crewe.
Environment
The footbridge is fairly quiet, with houses and the large Alstom Electrical Works to the north, with a field to the south and the path leading to another small estate.
Road directions
From the M6, Junction 13:
Head north along the A449 towards Stafford. The road crosses the Stafford to Birmingham line as it enters the start of the built up area. After another mile or so, the road crosses the main line. Take the next road on the right and park towards the end of this residential road.
Turn right at the end towards the railway, taking the footpath on the left alongside it to the footbridge.

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Stafford, Queensville Curve map co-ordinates
Parking
As mentioned above, park on the residential roads near to the location.
Public transport
From Stafford Station, turn right outside to the traffic lights. Turn left, and take the first road on the right after passing Tesco's. Follow this road, passing the 'Bear and Pheasant' Pub, to it's end, and turn right onto the main road - there is a bright yellow pub, 'The Telegraph Inn', on the right. Arriva service 8 operates along this road from Stafford Town Centre to Moss Pit (another Trainspot). Turn left before the road crosses the railway and keep alongside the railway on the road, then on a footpath, until you reach the footbridge.

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Amenities
There are no amenities close to the bridge. There are several pubs in the Stafford area. out of the two already mentioned, the Bear and Pheasant is the better, though the 'Titanic' outside Stafford Station is a good real ale pub. There is an Off-Licence on the main road near the Telegraph Inn.
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Stafford, Queensville Curve

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Photographic notes
The light is best from mid-morning for southbound trains through to early evening for northbound ones. The curve of the line is the wrong way for ideal photos, but it does mean that mid-afternoon, the light is right for trains in both directions. Only trains on the Down Slow are slightly constricted for photographing.


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


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south


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