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Written by Ryan J Fuller - 10 Sep 2005
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Location notes
This farm crossing is no longer in use by vehicles and is set in the countryside area of Ormskirk. The crossing is now used by patrons of the local camp site as a dog walk. The single track line is due to be renewed in late 2007.
Railway type and traffic
Mainly First North Western class 150 single car units.
No freight operates on this line, however, 2007 looks to see regular NR ballast trains (class 66 hauled).
Environment
A quiet farm crossing (there is a chemical treatment plant 500yards away). The occasional dog walker will appear. There is a farm with a noisey bull next to it though!
The site is prone to railway trespassers so it is reccomended that you phone 0121 345 3388 with reference FCO/13/43 and ABBEY LANE CROSSING to report them.
Road directions
From the M6, Junction 27:
Follow signs to Ormskirk, and follow the signs to the Abbey Farm Caravan Park. Turn right into the caravan park and continue to where it says new arrivals.

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Parking
There is a car park on the camp site, check with the site owner for permission to park there.
Public transport
No station is near by nor is a bus service. 2 1/2 miles down the road is a bus stop with frequent services to and from Liverpool.

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Amenities
There is a toilet block with showers on the camp site. The shop sells milk, eggs, etc... A pub is within walking distance (40 minutes).
Accommodation
There is a camp site 200 yards away with accomodation for tents, caravans and motorhomes.
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Ormskirk, Abbey Lane Level Crossing

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Ormskirk, Abbey Lane Level Crossing



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Photographic notes
No specific tips, however I would sit on top of the gate for a really good photo. The traffic runs at about 60mph so a fast shutter speed is reccomended.


General views - All photographs © Ryan J Fuller unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Lokking west


Fig 2 - Lokking west


Fig 3 - Location view


Fig 3 - Location view


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