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This junction no longer exists as a real junction it is now the divergence point for the lines to Derby and Nottingham from Chesterfield.
The old point work is completely removed and a new layout installed with 2 lines to both destinations and on the Northbound track from Derby there is a passing loop with very short cripple siding. However, this has been disconnected though the track remains.
The North Junction (to the North of the bridge) has also been removed this has now been relocated North of Bridge Street Tupton.The junction of the Erewash Valley Line and the Derby to Leeds Line, about 5 miles south of Chesterfield Station.
The location is the site of Clay Cross Station, now long gone.
Railway type and traffic
A wide variety, in todays terms, of traffic. Being a main line, Meridian Units, Cross Country Class 220/221, Cross Country 125 and Class 158 from East Midland Trains and Northern Spirit.
Freightliner and DB Schenker trains pass very regularly - a fair bit of departmental traffic as well.
Rarer traffic includes National rail Measurement Train, workings to and from Barrow Hill.
A residential area, with no reported problems with the locals. The bridge is on a school route and can be busy after 15:00 with the kids.
From the M1, Junction 29:
Take the A6175 towards North Wingfield. Turn onto Station Road and then onto Ankerbold Road Park on Ankerbold road, which is off Station Road, which is itself off the A6175 in North Wingfield. The A6175 leads to Junc 29 of M1.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Clay Cross South map co-ordinates
Parking is more difficult due to a variety of new businesses on Ankerbold Road which now use the road for customer and staff parking.
The No. 97 stagecoach service from both Alfreton and Chesterfield serves the location directly. Both 51 and 54 stagecoach services stop close by. Alight at North Wingfield Church on 54 and walk down Station Road for about 10 mins. Alight at corner of Wingfield Road and Station New Road on service 51 about 5 mins.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There is a recently refurbished small friendly local pub called 'The Shinnon' about 5 minutes up Station Road, this has a convenience store opposite, or a walk into Tupton centre will take 10 to 15 minuntes.
There is a small Bed and Breakfast on Church Lane in North Wingfield.
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Clay Cross South
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You can shoot in both directions, although facing south from 11am to 2pm may be a problem.
Looking south you can view the actual junction of the two lines, Clay Cross goods shed being on the left (now owned by the National Tramway Museum), plenty of foliage on both sides and the remains of the Clay Cross Pipe works in the distance - this view faces almost directly south.
Facing north is the ladder junction from the up and down main onto the up and down goods, the line curves slightly westwards after about 1/2 mile. there are trees on both sides of the line and the sides of the bridge are high - about 5 foot.
Note: There is another bridge about 1/2 to 3/4 mile north - on Bridge Street - that will yeild similar photos - the bridge sides are slightly lower and the location offers fine views toawrds Chesterfield, although northbound services can creep up unexpectedly!
General views - All photographs © Martin Barnsdall unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north - Image © Jason Rodhouse
Fig 2 - Looking south - Image © Jason Rodhouse
Fig 3 - Looking north - Image © Jason Rodhouse
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