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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 20 Sep 2006
last update by Mark Bearton - 11 Mar 2009
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Location notes
This quiet location is between Brinklow and Easenhall just North of Rugby.
Railway type and traffic
An assortment of traffic can be seen passing here including Virgin services, London Midland passenger services. There is also plenty of DRS, Freightliner and DB Schenker freight workings.
The location itself is at an old footbridge in the middle of the open countryside.
Road directions
From Rugby, head out through Newbold on the B4112 and head toward Harborough Magna. As you approach the village, take a left-hand turn to Easenhall. look out for the 'Golden Lion' on the right. Carry on through and out of the village, and you will soon cross the railway as the road bears left. You will soon come across 'Ben' Town Thornes on the right. From these grounds there is a public footpath which takes you to the location.

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Easenhall, Brinklow Loop map co-ordinates
On the main road, there is room to park a car by the farm entrance opposite the exit from Townthornes. Alternatively you can park in the grounds, but do be aware that it is one-way traffic!
Public transport
De Courcey service 585 operates every 30 minutes from Rugby Town Centre to Coventry Railway Station via Brinklow village. Certain journeys (approx every 2 hours) also serve Easenhall Village and run along the road between there and Brinklow.

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There is the Golden Lion pub in the village.
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Easenhall, Brinklow Loop

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Easenhall, Brinklow Loop general view map
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Easenhall, Brinklow Loop

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Photographic notes
Early summer shots are best at this location before line-side growth becomes too much.
Northbound shots taken from the footbridge steps are what we come here for.
Southbound shots are possible, but are ruined by OLE gantries.

Note from the editor 02nd Nov 2007:
At some stage, the author to this location lost a tie-pin. It is a sliver bar, with a 'toy-like' train on it. It is more of sentimental value, as it was a present from his wife a few years ago. If any-one does happen to go to this location, and if by an even smaller chance you stumble across said tie-pin, could you please pick it up and contact us.

General views - All photographs © Jason Rodhouse unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south east - Image Chris Sansome.

Fig 1 - Looking south east  - <i>Image  Chris Sansome</i>.

The 'old' fastline is now the line freight will use if they are pulled in to let Pendolinos past. This is a good example. Also note the new signals in the distance, and also the absence of the nasty looking signal which features in figure 8.

Fig 2 - Looking north - Image Chris Sansome.

Fig 2 - Looking north  - <i>Image  Chris Sansome</i>.

The trackside still looks a mess, but at least you can get a shot! The line the freight is on used to be the loop, but this is now the line most trains use.

Fig 3 - Looking north west

Fig 3 - Looking north west

This shot shows a new view which can be had from the footbridge. This was not quite possible before, but after the removal of a catenary post this is at least now possible.

Fig 4 - Looking north west

Fig 4 - Looking north west

Fig 8 - Looking south east

Fig 8 - Looking south east

An old, slightly out of date, view illustrating the large signal gantry removed during the re-modelling, and the site as a 3 track section. Here for reference.

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