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Written by Damon Cox - 13 May 2007
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Location notes
The site of the former Bramshot Halt, this location is a bridge over the four-track section of mainline from London Waterloo towards Basingstoke.
Railway type and traffic
Very regular fast and slow Class 444 and Class 450 'Desiro' EMUs, in addition to half-hourly Class 159 diesel units on West of England services. In the Summer there are regular steam excursions using mostly classic Southern locomotives.
You may also see freights operated by DB Schenker, Freightliner and GBRf. These are mostly 66s.
Environment
You will find yourself on a well used bridge, mostly by dog walkers and cyclists, as well as the occasional army vehicle. Although a woodland area, you are by your car and if you wish you can keep it in sight at all times depending where you choose to park. The road the bridge comes off of is a main road and is normally fairly busy.
Road directions
From the M3, Junction 4a:
Follow the signs for Fleet. The road curves to the right before reaching a roundabout. Continue straight here and the road will curve to the left and you will see a restaurant, hotel and petrol station on your left. At the roundabout turn right and you will run parallel to the railway for around quarter of a mile. Here you should turn left (signposted Fleet Pond). You will now find yourself on Bramshot Bridge. Turn left and you can park your car here.

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Bramshot map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a free parking area at the bridge itself where you can usually find a few other cars. It can get rather muddy if it has been raining heavily overnight.
Public transport
Countywide Travel have now been re-branded as 'Fleet Buzz'. It is the same people though so the colours, route number and timetable remains the same. Their hourly route 73 passes the bridge (these buses are yellow and black). The route runs from Fimley Park Hospital to Fleet via Kingsmead (5 minutes walk from Farnborough Main station) and Fleet station itself. You should ask the driver for a ticket to Fleet Road and let them know it is the Fleet Pond bridge that you are wanting to alight at.

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Amenities
There are no toilet facilities in the immediate area however Fleet station and town centre is around a 10 minute drive from the bridge. It is Fleet station that you can see when looking West.
Accommodation
Inkeepers Lodge and Harvester restaurant (quarter of a mile away).
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.
Bramshot

Googly map
Streetmap links
Bramshot general view map
Bramshot close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
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Photographic notes
When on the bridge you will notice that one side has an iron pipe running alongside it. This is the London side (East), with the other being the country end (West - Fleet station visible in distance). Photographing trains heading towards London is quite tricky in the evenings once the sun starts setting.
Trains heading towards London: These trains are fine on the bridge if you want shots looking down-sideways onto them. Alternatively for a more side on view you can walk down the side of the line.
Trains heading from London: Since the iron pipe was erected you must now go down the side of the line, however this does allow a fantastic framing with the bridge.
Videographers: There is plenty of space to safely set up your equipment without causing any inconvenience to others, or feeling as though you are in the way and having to move to let people pass.


General views - All photographs © Damon Cox unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east

Looking towards London.

Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west

Looking towards Basingstoke.

Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking west


Location Video



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