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Written by Matt Clarke - 10 Sep 2005
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Location notes
Croome, Croome Perry or Besford as it is sometimes referred to is a quite spot located in between Pershore and Worcester on the Birmingham - Bristol Main Line.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger traffic is Voyagers and Central Trains sprinters, although Virgin do run summer specials with motive power other than Voyagers.
Freight wise, the line sees regular steel traffic to and from South Wales with the seven day a week Lackenby - Llanwern steel trains still producing class 60s.
The line also sees DRS Flask traffic from Bridgewater to Crew along with MGR Coal, Cartics and Cement carried by FL (this usually runs at night). An average day will see at least seven freights during daylight.
Environment
The location is a road bridge over the line with parking on each side. The road is a rural relatively quite country road.
Road directions
From the M5, Junction 7:
Take the first exit at the roundabout (A44) continue about 7 miles straight down. You will come to a small town called Pershore, just as you pass the boundary signs welcoming you to the town, turn right. Continue on the road for about 1.5 miles where you will come to a cross roads, carry strait on and the road will lead to the rail bridge.

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Croome Perry - Besford map co-ordinates
Parking
There is parking on either side of the road on the verge. You can literally take great photos from your car at this location.
Public transport
There is no public transport to this location.

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Amenities
Local amenities are at Pershore i.e. Kebab house, Chippy etc..
Accommodation
There are three or four hotels are available in Pershore.
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.
Croome Perry - Besford

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Streetmap links
Croome Perry - Besford general view map
Croome Perry - Besford close up map

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Croome Perry - Besford



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Photographic notes
The real shot at this location is the southbound one where the light is good for southbound trains from 09:00 to around 16:30 during the day, the northbound shot is not great sun wise but gets better during the afternoon, however the lineside growth is becming more and more of a problem at the moment for this directions.
As the location is rural video is no problem apart from the odd tractor or car on the bridge.


General views - All photographs © Matt Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 5 - Looking north - Photo by Jason Cross



Fig 5 - Looking north - <i>Photo by Jason Cross</i>

From the west side of the line.

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