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Written by Steven Wakefield - 12 Apr 2005
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Location notes
Between Stirling and Perth on the Highland mainline, a few miles south of Gleneagles.
Railway type and traffic
First Scotrail services between Edinburgh ( not those via Fife ) / Glasgow and Inverness , also services Glasgow to Aberdeen. East Coast Highland Chieftain service and the Caledonian sleeper for Inverness.
Freight consists of DB Schenker services between Mossend and Inverness / Aberdeen ( 66 ) oil tanks to Linkswood ( Monday morning ) ( 60 or 66 ) and class 67 on vans. DRS Grangemouth - Aberdeen ( 66 ) runs every day including Sunday. Freightliner 66 on cement to / from Aberdeen and Inverness.
Environment
On the outskirt of a small town, rural setting.
Road directions
From the A9 , north or south , take the turnoff which is signposted Blackford, continue straight through the town to the level crossing. Park here.
Then by foot , cross over the crossing, take the road immediately on the left, a few yards further on ( as the road bends away ) access can be gained through the field (public right of way) then either climb up the hill or continue along the 'path' to your chosen spot . If you go beyond the first style other pictures ( not shown ) can be obtained.

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Blackford map co-ordinates
Parking
There is some on road parking by the location
Public transport
The nearest station is Gleneagles.
Take the train to either Stirling / Gleneagles / Dunblane or Perth then Bus.

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Amenities
There are some Shops and Pubs in the town.
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Blackford

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Blackford general view map
Blackford close up map

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Blackford



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Photographic notes
Light is best from town side of the level crossing , most of the day. From the path / hill location you are against the light. Having said that, very good shots can still be obtained.
Those wishing to video would be better off at the hill location, though the road at the crossing is steady rather than busy for traffic, there can be a fair amount of lorries going into the adjacent ' Spring water' warehouse.

It is worth noting that all featured pictures were taken between 10.45 and 12.45


General views - All photographs © Steven Wakefield unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 1 - Looking south

The view towards Stirling

Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south

As above but using telephoto

Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north

Looking in the Perth direction from the Level Crossing.

Fig 4 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north

From the road

Fig 5 - Looking south



Fig 5 - Looking south

From the path

Fig 6 - Looking north



Fig 6 - Looking north

From the path

Fig 7 - Looking north



Fig 7 - Looking north

From the hill

Fig 8 - Looking south



Fig 8 - Looking south


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