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Written by Mark Bearton - 15 Apr 2005
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Location notes
Elford is located north of Tamworth on the line between Birmingham and Derby.
Railway type and traffic
Cross Country workings from Derby to Birmingham, East Midlands Trains operate services from Derby to Birmingham.
Freight services mainly operated by DB Schenker and Freightliner.
The line at this point is double-track though there is also a goods loop for southbound trains.
The village of Elford is about a mile away and the bridge carries a rural road and is situated in open farmland. Although traffic on the road is sparse it can be travelling at reasonable speeds.
Road directions
From the M6 Toll, Junction T4 - near Lichfield:
Take the A38 north towards Burton-upon-Trent. At Alrewas, turn right onto the A513 heading back towards Tamworth. The road passes beneath the railway twice. At this second bridge, a three arch structure, you should see the over bridge to the south. Turn left onto a small single-track lane immediately after the bridge and this leads you alongside the railway. Turn left at the end to the over bridge.

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Elford map co-ordinates
There is plenty of room to park your car on the verge approaching the bridge.
Public transport
Buses 787/804, provided by Acorn Coaches of Tamworth, operate at a roughly hourly frequency from Tamworth Bus Interchange to Elford. Some journeys terminate in Elford village, others continuing to Harlaston passing the location.
See Travel Line Midlands for more information.

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There is a pub and some local shops in the village of Elford.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.

Googly map
Streetmap links
Elford general view map
Elford close up map

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Photographic notes
The light is best from late morning onwards for trains heading towards Birmingham. The line to the north is elevated above the fields though it enters a low, wide cutting at the bridge so afternoon views of northbound trains will be into the sun.
You can photograph from on the bridge itself, but there is also a gate leading to the field which gives almost line-side views.

General views - All photographs © Mark Bearton 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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