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Written by Scott Borthwick - 15 Jan 2005
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Location notes
An overbridge on the busy Oxford-Leamington Spa-Birmingham route.
Railway type and traffic
A mainline location between Kings Sutton and Banbury stations.
Varied freight traffic including numerous Freightliner trains to/from Southampton.
Environment
A busy country lane leading to the village of Kings Sutton.
Very popular on a late summers afternoon/evening, which is by far the best time for photography as the steeple on the village church is often illuminated by lovely evening sunlight.
Road directions
Take the A4260 (Oxford Rd) south out of Banbury. Take a left turn (signed Kings Sutton) and follow this road down the hill to the Cherwell Valley grain stores or something like. Here the road turns to the right. Park in the field entrance on the right ensuring you maintain access for farm traffic.

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Parking
Park in the field entrance on the right ensuring you maintain access for farm traffic as although the field is generally fallow, it is still used. Room for about 4 cars.
Public transport
The road bridge is about a 20 minute walk from Kings Sutton station which is served approximately hourly from London Marylebone and two hourly from Oxford.
There are two routes to walk from the station to the bridge, one through the village and along the road, the other via a public footpath through fields and across the line at a foot crossing midway between the station and the bridge.
Theses fields can get easily flooded so following wet weather the road route is recommended.

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Kings Sutton

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Photographic notes
Although shots of southbound trains are possible earlier in the day, the shot of choice is the late afternoon/evening northbound shot. It should also be noted that shots are obtainable from the field on the west side of the line in both directions, and from a crossing further south. If choosing these options please ensure you are not in anybody else's shot that maybe shooting from the bridge. Courtesy costs nothing.

This location can get very busy when there is a special


General views - All photographs © Scott Borthwick unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking north - Image Richard Tearle


Fig 4 - Looking north - <i>Image  Richard Tearle</i>

Taken from the west side of the bridge with a 50mm lens.

Fig 5 - Looking north - Image Richard Tearle



Fig 5 - Looking north - <i>Image  Richard Tearle</i>

From the east side of the bridge, taken with 60mm lens.

Fig 6 - Looking north - Image Richard Tearle



Fig 6 - Looking north - <i>Image  Richard Tearle</i>

Opposite where you would normally park for the Banbury road bridge, walk up the private road/public footpath on the right hand side until you come to a bridge. This bridge is better in the early afternoon for southbound workings only. This is the bridge visible in figs 4 and 5.
This shot was taken in September with a 50mm lens at 13:00.

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