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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 21 Feb 2007
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Location notes
This location is on the outskirts of Northampton, close to a large residential estate, yet there is a 'rural' feel to the place.
Railway type and traffic
This section of line is on The Northampton Loop, so most West Coast Main Line freight is routed through here. Passenger services see class 321 and 350 units running between Birmingham and London Euston. Also, some Virgin services are scheduled to pass here.
The location is near a large housing estate, and is linked with numerous footpaths out into the countryside, and as such you will often come across joggers and people walking their dogs etc, but the location by the railway is quite quiet.
Road directions
From Northampton, head out towards Leicester on the A5199 (Welford Road) As you get to the end of the White Hills estate, you will notice the 'North Star' and then the 'Windmill' pub on your right. You need to look for a left hand turn into 'Leyland Drive' Follow this road down and take a right into 'Grasscroft' which will bring you to 'Kentstone Close' From this close, there are three access points to the public footpath which leads to the railway.

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Northampton - Grange Farm (White Hills) map co-ordinates
Park in Kentstone close, but please do be considerate to the local residents.
Public transport
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There is the previously mentioned 'Windmill' pub nearby, and there are also a few local shops in nearby Leyland Drive, including a Fish and Chips shop, only about a minutes drive away.
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Northampton - Grange Farm (White Hills)

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Northampton - Grange Farm (White Hills) general view map
Northampton - Grange Farm (White Hills) close up map

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Northampton - Grange Farm (White Hills)

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Photographic notes
Shots can be had in both directions, and from both sides of the line. This location would also be highly suitable for video, and trains leaving Northampton can be seen on the curve for quite some distance, and there is also a long straight in the other direction.

General views - All photographs © Jason Rodhouse unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

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