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Written by Marcus Dawson - 16 Apr 2005
last update by Marcus Dawson - 25 Jan 2010
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Location notes
Opposite a large industrial unit the line runs in the fens of Cambridgeshire, just outside Peterborough.
The 'classic' site of this shot, a former quarry track parallel to the line, has now been fenced off. So now permission would need to be obtained to gain access to the shot, and once there steps would probably be required to see over said fence.
Railway type and traffic
The line sees a number of units on passenger services. Cross Country and National Express East Anglia 170s 158s and 156s are standard.
There is also quite a bit of freight with most of the traffic to and from Felixstowe to the Midlands passing through, expect 66s from DB Schenker, Freightliner 66s and GBRf.
Environment
In fairly open countryside just on the outskirts of Peterborough.
Road directions
From the A1:
Take the turning for A1139 and head west. At the 4th junction (after crossing the railway) turn off and follow the A605 towards Whittlesea. Continue along this road and you will soon be out in open countryside. Keep your eyes open for the McCain sign on the left, when you see it take the turn and you will arrive at the location. If you miss it you will come to a railway level crossing, turn around and the turning will be first on you right.

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Parking
There is parking for a couple of cars just off the road.
Public transport
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Amenities
About 5-10 minutes walk away on the A605 there is a 'greasy spoon' cafe for truckers. In New Fletton there is a petrol station for light snacks.
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Funthams Lane Crossing

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Photographic notes
The primary shot is west facing, as this offers a fairly unrestricted view of eastbound workings. The sun being in good position up till late morning. After that you can move down the dirt track and get a similar shot of westbound workings but this view is a bit more cluttered by the industrial units and brickwork facilities.
Althought the barriers have audible warning sirens these only run when the barriers lower so they give you plenty of notice of approaching trains.


General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east

From the crossing gates

Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking west

From the crossing gates.
From a similar position to fig 1 but looking in the opposite direction. This shot is much wider than the east facing view.

Fig 4 - Looking east


Fig 4 - Looking east

From the crossing of a westbound working.

Fig 5 - Looking west



Fig 5 - Looking west

A new security fence has been erected around the site, making access to this shot unobtainable without permission. If obtained, steps will probably be required to see over the fence.
The standard shot at this location is often including the factory sign, but you can walk a little further down and have an open view.

Fig 6 - Looking west



Fig 6 - Looking west

A new security fence has been erected around the site, making access to this shot unobtainable without permission. If obtained, steps will probably be required to see over the fence.
From further east along the track the factory occupies more of the skyline.

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