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Toton is near to Long Eaton in Derbyshire, approx half way between Nottingham and Derby. The lines that run beneath the footbridge are the Erewash valley main line which runs from Trent East Junction through Toton yards to Trowell and on to Clay Cross. And the high level goods lines which diverge at Toton Junction, which run to Trent South Junction on the MML, approx half way between Toton Junction and Trent South there is Meadow Lane Junction where a spur connects to the Trent East to Nottingham route.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger trains are very infrequent.
DB Schenker, Freightliner freight workings, both passing and entering the yards.
Trains entering the Up Yard from the South will proceed past the yard and back in. The Down Goods line is no longer in place north of Toton, so most freight departs to the south.
The location is an old lattice girder footbridge spanning the railway at the south end of Toton yards. The path to the west side of the line leads to Long Eaton town centre and the nearby Asda superstore, the path is unlit for a couple of hundred yards until it reaches the environs of Asda and the location is not recommended for after dark train watching. The path to the east side of the footbridge leads onto paths across former railway yards and into a nature reserve.
From the North, at M1 Junction 25:
Take the Nottingham bound carriageway of the A52, at the first junction (known as Bardills roundabout after the name of the garden centre here) take the 4th exit Toton Lane, signposted Toton and Long Eaton. At the next set of traffic lights at the bottom of the hill take the right hand lane and proceed straight on. After 1/4 mile take a right turn at the traffic lights on the T junction, signposted Long Eaton. After 3/4 mile you drive beneath a railway bridge then over another railway bridge and descend to a mini roundabout, take the 3rd exit into Asda car park.From the South, leave M1 at Junction 24:
Taking the A50 Derby/Stoke road. After 1 1/2 miles take the exit signposted Sawley/Long Eaton, taking the 4th exit from the roundabout at the top of the junction, again signposted Long Eaton. Follow this road all the way to Long Eaton train station, after passing beneath the railway bridge, at the mini roundabout take the 2nd exit, Tamworth road. This road takes you through the middle of Long Eaton and at the end of the road at the roundabout proceed straight across (2nd exit) onto Midland St, there is pay and display parking on the left, or take first right to enter the Asda store car park.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Toton Junction Footbridge map co-ordinates
The Asda store car park provides 2-3hrs free parking, with a short walk to the rear of the store where you pick up the footpath to the bridge.
There is also a small pay and display car park opposite Asda, which is free at weekends, this is accessed off Midland Street.
The road which leads from the main roundabout in Long Eaton, which passes between the pay and display car park and the Asda store, Midland Street, goes to the Asda staff car park at the rear of the store. You can drive in here and park next to the line, but beware that signs denote there is a fine of £40 for unauthorised use, therefore if you were sitting train watching you could make an escape should you be challenged, but if you have left the car here to walk to the footbridge, you could well find a nasty surprise on your return. However, I do not know of anyone who has actually been fined for parking there yet.
Nearest train station is Long Eaton, read directions above as per road directions from the South.
From Nottingham Station, Go to Broadmarsh Bus Station and get the Indigo Bus (every 6-8 mins). Ask to go to Long Eaton Green. It is normally £4 for a adult return. You will then see Asda. Walk up the left of ASDA and then head North West. You will come to a small footpath and go under a railway bridge. Shortly after this is the footbridge.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
Asda is literally less than 5 mins walk away, being a 24hr store there are food and toilet facilities readily available. Long Eaton itself is only a hundred yards or so further on with take aways and pubs aplenty.
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The footbridge is an excellent vantage point for photography throughout the day, the lines run more or less north-south so in summer the light is head on from the south around 1100-1300, in winter light this is more like 0930-1230 as the light is more harsh.
There are 7 running lines passing beneath the bridge, plus 2 lines to the currently disused wagon works have just been lifted in early 2007 but there are plans to reopen this site as a concrete sleeper works later in 2007 with new sidings for loading sleepers onto trains. The furthest West of these lines is the arrival line for Toton north yard and this is tight up against the fence so photography is difficult, trains arriving on this line can be photographed from the Asda staff car park, but by the time you realise a train is being routed onto this line, it is usually too late to get to the car park!
There is another vantage point a couple of hundred yards further north on the west side of the line, this is best for northbound trains descending the high level goods line in the afternoon. Scramble up the old embankment next to the footbridge on the west side, walk along the embankment towards Toton yards for approx 600yards and descend towards the track at the side of the viaduct over the River. The location is standing on top of the river bridge abutment, which gives you the height to see over the palisade fencing, but be warned if a train for the yard arrives on the closest track, they often stand waiting acceptance into the yard, and this will totally block your view of all the other lines.
The original 'lattice' footbridge has now been replaced with a 'slab sided' version. The sides on this bridge are quite tall and steps are now required to see over them properly.
General views - All photographs © Paul Robertson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking north
Fig 3 - Looking south
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