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Written by James Page - 15 Jun 2007
last update by Marcus Dawson - 12 Sep 2014
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Location notes
Willenhall is halfway between Wolverhampton and Walsall. The line is a double track between Portobello Junction, where the lines from Wolverhampton and Bushbury Junction meet, and Pleck Junction, where line to Walsall meets line to Bescot.
Railway type and traffic
Off peak passengert traffic in the early morning or late evening from Virgin Trains and Cross Country.
Freight traffic out of Bescto yard can produce almost anything.
Weekends see the potential for the diversion from the Trent valley lines.
Inner Town - A reasonable safe area.
Road directions
From Wolverhampton by car, you carry on down the black country route to the Keyway Island and then take the A462 signposted Cannock. Follow the road down passed Iceland, Staples etc. At the next island turn left, head up to the light and turn right. about 200yds after that you go over the railway and Gypsy Lane runs along side the railway. The are 2 areas you can view trains. The first is after the railway bridge the second is 1/4 mile or so down the road.

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Willenhall, Gypsy Lane, Walsall map co-ordinates
Car parking is safe and right next to you. But park consideratley for the residents.
Public transport
Catch the 529 from Wolverhampton (Stand F) and alight at Willenhall or from Walsall catch again the 529 from Walsall bus station.
From the main town ( the mini round about ) you need to have your back to Somerfields and walk towards the county Pub on the Walsall road. At the county pub turn right. This is Gypsy lane you will need to walk about 500 yds or so and the viewpoint on the right.

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Shops within 5 minute walk and an excellent chippy.
There are a number of Bed and Breakfasts in the area.
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Willenhall, Gypsy Lane, Walsall

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Willenhall, Gypsy Lane, Walsall

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Photographic notes
A one way only shot, the other direction is to tight with trees unless you wish to shoot straight down through the overheads. Palisade fencing at this location mean steps are necessary to gain some height over the fence.

General views - All photographs © James Page unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking East - Image Albert Dawson

Fig 1 - Looking East - <i>Image  Albert Dawson</i>

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