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Written by Bryan Attewell - 14 Aug 2005
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Location notes
This location is mid way between Chester-le-Street and Durham on the East Coast Main Line.
It is a road bridge over railway line. Line passes across open fields to north with the possibility of shots from both the east and west. It is possible to get a view with Penshaw Monument and Lumley Castle in the background.
To the south the line drops into cutting with tree cover, and is not really suitable for photography.
Railway type and traffic
Standard northern East Coast Main Line traffic. Mainly passenger workings in the shape of East Coast 91s and HSTs as well as units, and a small smattering of some freight.
A quite safe countryside location.
Road directions
Take A167 from Chester-le-Street towards Durham. Turn left through Plawsworth Village and follow the road down to the railway line.

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Plasworth map co-ordinates
It is normally possible to park on the verge, or, if you are prepared to move quickly if a tractor appears, in the entrance to a field. You will not be straying far from the car, so it is quite safe.
Public transport
I should be possible to catch a bus from Durham or Chester-le-Street to Plawsworth and walk down the lane to the railway. For those of us with bicycles there is a good safe cycle path along the A167.

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Nearest facilities in Chester-le-Street, but a couple of pubs on the A167 sell food.
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
Plasworth general view map
Plasworth close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary

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Photographic notes
Best for trains travelling south, no real view to the south. Good shots possible throughout the day. You can not avoid the dreaded overhead wires however!

General views - All photographs © Bryan Attewell unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

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