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Written by Richard Bucknall - 12 Apr 2005
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Location notes
Between Toddington and Winchcombe on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, this rural location is just off the main road between the two Cotswold settlements.
The nearest major town is Cheltenham.
Railway type and traffic
A Preserved railway, mainly passenger although some demonstration freights are run.
In open fields it is a delight on a sunny day, but offers no refuge in a deluge. With only a smattering of trees it is possible to get good photographs with ease. An over bridge offers an elevated view.
Road directions
Take the B4632 from Winchcombe or Toddington. Take the road signposted for Hailes fruit farm, the railway bridge is easy to spot.

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GWR, Hailes map co-ordinates
Roadside parking by the bridge is easy.
Public transport
With difficulty. Castleways run an infrequent service from Cheltenham, but there is no stop nearby. The location is about a 2 mile walk from Toddington GWR station but the foot path follows the line on the west side.

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Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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GWR, Hailes

Googly map
Streetmap links
GWR, Hailes general view map
GWR, Hailes close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
GWR, Hailes

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Photographic notes
In the morning the sun allows photography of all trains. As the day progresses it becomes more suited to southbound trains only.
Trackside permits are available from Toddington station, though you must have a high visibility vest on at all times. For times etc, visit the GWSR Website.

General views - All photographs © Richard Bucknall unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking south

Fig 3 - Looking south

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