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Written by James Welham - 30 May 2007
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Location notes
Grimston Lane is situated on the Ipswich - Felixstowe line in Trimley St.Martins, Suffolk. Nearest town is Felixstowe, and the nearest city is Ipswich.
Felixstowe is Suffolk's, and indeed England's, largest port complex. Located at the coastal tip of a flat peninsula bordered by the Rivers Deben and Orwell and the North sea, with the county town of Ipswich on its northern inland edge. By road the port is about 10 miles west of Ipswich.
Railway type and traffic
Some rural passenger service but mainly freight from the nearby port of Felixstowe.
Usual motive power is the ubiquitous class 66 from either DB Schenker, Freightliner or GBRf with the occasional freightliner 70.
Environment
This location is situated on a quiet road surrounded by fields, extremely quiet so risk of getting mugged is almost zero. No livestock in the near vicinity.
Road directions
From the A14, Ipswich, eastbound over The Orwell Bridge
Leave the A14 at junction 59, then at roundabout take the 3rd exit (signposted Trimley Villages) Entering Trimley. Then at 2nd roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto 'High Road' (Entering Trimley St.Martin).
The turning to Grimston Lane is the first left you encounter, follow the road for about 30 seconds, there is space for one car to park just over the level crossing, and a further space 50 yards or so if you turn left immediately after going over the crossing.

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Felixstowe, Grimston Lane, Trimley St. Martin map co-ordinates
Parking
Very safe to leave your car, majority of traffic on the quiet lanes is farm machinery.
Public transport
Train from Ipswich to Felixstowe leaves Ipswich at 26 minutes past the hour, arriving at Trmley at 46 minutes past the hour
Come out of Trimley station and turn left, once onto the road (Cordy's Lane), turn right and walk down the road until you reach a T-Junction onto High Road. From here, turn left and the bus stop is a short walk. Bus numbers are 75, 75A, 76 and 77, these serivces are regular on weekdays and the stop for Grimston Lane is the nearby Public House: The Hand in Hand. The location is a short walk away off the main road.

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Amenities
Local post office situated between this location and Trimley station on High Road. Local pub, The Hand in Hand is good.
Accommodation
None in Trimley, but there will be plenty in Felixstowe.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Felixstowe, Grimston Lane, Trimley St. Martin

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Felixstowe, Grimston Lane, Trimley St. Martin general view map
Felixstowe, Grimston Lane, Trimley St. Martin close up map

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Felixstowe, Grimston Lane, Trimley St. Martin



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Photographic notes
Light is generally good from 10:00 onwards, sun is perfect for trains heading to Felixstowe from 11:30- 14/15:00, view towards Felixstowe is somewhat shelter by the old crossing keepers house and trees/foliage etc.
Shots of trains heading towards Ipswich are possible from the foot crossing situated approximately 50 yards east of the Level Crossing, but sadly not possible for trains heading to Felixstowe.
Good location for videographers, although the barriers do go down late so you do not get much warning, this is not a problem for trains heading towards Ipswich as there are several whistle boards before this location so trains are audible before visible.
Although the Trimley RTT page shows all workings on the branch you can simply list workings in one direction only by looking at:
Levington Signal Co617 for Felixstowe bound workings
Levington Signal Co622 for workings bound for Ipswich and beyond


General views - All photographs © James Welham unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west


Fig 1 - Looking north west


Fig 2 - Looking south east


Fig 2 - Looking south east


Fig 3 - Looking south east


Fig 3 - Looking south east


Fig 4 - Looking north - Photo by Marcus Dawson


Fig 4 - Looking north - <i>Photo by Marcus Dawson</i>


Location Video

From the foot crossing to the west of the level crossing:



From the foot crossing to the east of the level crossing:


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