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Written by Andrew Duckre - 27 Jun 2005
last update by Marcus Dawson - 24 Jun 2009
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Location notes
A favoured afternoon southbound shot on the Derby - Tamworth line in open countryside.
Railway type and traffic
Basically Turbostars and Voyagers, with Class 66s, and perhaps the odd 60, on freight.
It is situated on a farmers track over bridge / Green Lane environment. It is very peaceful here and the only people likely to pass are walkers and farmers.
Road directions
Take the A513 from Tamworth and head north. When you go under the national grid electricity wires, turn right towards Wigginton. When in the village turn left and head north. You will cross over one railway bridge and just after this, on the left, is the turning to the locations bridge.

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Portway map co-ordinates
You can park on the bridge, ensuring you leave space for farm vehicles to pass. Otherwise there are spaces roadside on Portway Lane.
Public transport
Services 787/804 operated by Acorn Coaches operate circular services from Tamworth to Portway and Elford. They run approximately every 60-90 minutes although the last journey to serve portway is currently leaves there at 1343 back to Tamworth.
Travelline Midlands will provide more information

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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
Portway general view map
Portway close up map

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Photographic notes
The primary shot is southbound, with the need to duck under the electricity wires which cross the line, this is a minor inconvenience for a good shot! To do this you will require a lens of around 120mm (85mm dig)
Its basically an afternoon shot as the sun will be round to the west. The 3/4 shot in the morning would leave you little scope, if any, for composition. It is a straight, head on, shot. The northbound shot is fair but you get little notice of trains approaching as there is a bridge about 300m to the south.

General views - All photographs © Andrew Duckre unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north - Image Marcus Dawson

Fig 1 - Looking north - <i>Image  Marcus Dawson</i>

Fig 2 - Looking north - Image Marcus Dawson

Fig 2 - Looking north - <i>Image  Marcus Dawson</i>

A wide shot showing the power lines over head.

Fig 3 - Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking north

From the eastern side of the bridge. This is the morning shot.

Fig 4 - Looking south - Image Marcus Dawson

Fig 4 - Looking south - <i>Image  Marcus Dawson</i>

Location Video

A selection of passings and some general views of the location and bridge.

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