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Written by Justin Buckley - 15 Jul 2006
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Location notes
A double tracked section of the Birmingham to Gloucester mainline, along the famous 1 in 37 Lickey Incline. The location is approximately a mile and a quarter from Bromsgrove station by road.
Railway type and traffic
Half hourly Virgin Voyager services between Birmingham and the South West, 150s, 158s and 170s on Central Trains' Birmingham to Cardiff, Worcester and Hereford services
DB Schenker class 66s on coal trains to and from Rugely and Ironbridge power stations, and 60s and 66s on steel workings to and from South Wales. There is also a drs flask working that runs through the location.

Due to the steep bank, the heavier freight is assisted by a banking loco.
Environment
The location itself is open fields.
Road directions
From the town of Bromsgrove take the B4184 towards Finstall - half a mile or so after crossing the railway you will come to Finstall. A minor road goes to the left as the main road bears right - follow this road, and at the end turn right then immediately turn left into Pikes Pool Lane. This will take you under the bypass. A couple of hundred yards further on the road bears left under a railway bridge - a gate will be on the outside of the bend - the location is beyond this gate (there is a public footpath through the field) in the far corner of the field.

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Lickey Bank, Pikes Pool Lane map co-ordinates
Parking
There is just space for one car to park by the gate (however do not block it). If that area is full the next nearest space is by the bypass bridge.
Public transport
There is an hourly trains service to Bromsgrove from Birmingham New Street.
Firstbus service 143 operates hourly between Birmingham, Bromsgrove and Redditch and operates along the B4184 in Finstall. The location is about a 25 minute walk from Bromsgrove station.

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Amenities
o amenities in the location, but Bromsgrove has all the facilities you would expect.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Lickey Bank, Pikes Pool Lane

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Streetmap links
Lickey Bank, Pikes Pool Lane general view map
Lickey Bank, Pikes Pool Lane close up map

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Lickey Bank, Pikes Pool Lane



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Photographic notes
For morning to early afternoon the sun is behind you so you should get reasonable shots in both directions, although the sun starts to move around to the South, which will affect shots of Northbound (uphill) trains after 12 - 13:00.
Being the Lickey incline trains will be going reasonable slowly (if going uphill!) and should be making a fair amount of noise.


General views - All photographs © Justin Buckley unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south west


Fig 1 - Looking south west

From the fenceline.

Fig 2 - Looking north east


Fig 2 - Looking north east


Fig 3 - Looking north east


Fig 3 - Looking north east


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