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Written by Marcus Dawson - 30 Sep 2005
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Location notes
An overbridge on the preserved Nene Valley Railway.
Railway type and traffic
Preserved line with a mixture of Steam and Diesels. Operating Days can be found on the NVR Website.
Environment
Open farm land with public footpaths intersecting the location.
Road directions
From the A1, northbound:
Pass the NVR and continue on for a mile or so. You will go into a dip and start to climb out again. There will be a bridge at the top of the hill with a junction just under it. Take this left turn and join the A47 in the Peterborough direction.

From the A1, Southbound:
After passing through the village of Whittering, with the RAF base on you right take the next junction, about 2 miles south, to join the A47 in the Peterborough direction.

Follow the A47 until you reach a roundabout about 2 miles from the motorway exit and take the third exit into Castor. Follow the road through the village and once you have almost left the village there is a turning on the right. It is a small junction with a patch of grass in the middle. This is Mill Road and if you drive down here you will reach the location.

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NVR, Mill Road Bridge map co-ordinates
Parking
There is parking for a couple of cars on the south side of the bridge and ample grass verges on the north side.
Public transport
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Amenities
Nothing at the location, there is a petrol station on the A47. There is a little Chef on the A1 but this is on the northbound side of the road. Otherwise it is the Cafe at Wansford (support the NVR) or into Peterborough.
Accommodation
There are lots of Bed and Breakfast in Peterborough.
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.
NVR, Mill Road Bridge

Googly map
Streetmap links
NVR, Mill Road Bridge general view map
NVR, Mill Road Bridge close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
NVR, Mill Road Bridge



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Photographic notes
Given the location is on an east to west axis there should be a shot in one direction at any time of the day. On busy days (i.e. Galas) this can be a popular location.

It is open fields so there is little noise other than the railway, indeed you can often hear trains whistle or hoot on their departure from Wansford which is about 7 or 8 minutes away.
Links to photographs at this location

Rail-net - NVR Diesel Gala 2005


General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east

As with most preserved railways the lack of turntable gives the 'opportunity' for tender first running. Most of the steam locos are pointing in the Peterborough (east bound) direction.

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