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Written by Dr. John Binch - 22 Jun 2007
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Location notes
This location is on a farm track level crossing, and public footpath, just outside the village of Rolleston on the road to Steythorpe. It is around three miles from Southwell, and eight miles from Newark-on-Trent.
The location is on the Nottingham to Lincoln line, which is double track controlled by semaphore signalling.
The nearest city is Nottingham around 16 miles away.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger services are provided by East Midlands Trains (Leicester / Notingham to Lincoln).
Freight services are operated by DB Schenker, Freightliner Heavyhaul, and GBRf and are predominantly oil and coal traffic from Immingham.
The level crossing is around 200metres from the main road.
The environment is generally arable farmland, but the village of Rolleston is visible close by.
There is no lighting at the location.
Road directions
Leaving Newark-on-Trent take the A617 Mansfield Road. Cross over the River Trent and pass through the village of Kelham.
Shortly after leaving Averham take the road on the left signposted to Steythorpe Rolleston, and Fiskerton.
Cross Steythorpe level crossing and just under a mile later turn right onto a farm track on a bend.
The location is clearly designated by a home semaphore signal which is visible from the road.

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Rolleston Crossing map co-ordinates
Parking is available at the location and vehicles are visible at all times. Please bear in mind that access is via a farm track which gets muddy after rain.
Public transport
The nearest railway station is Rolleston which is around a ten minute walk away. Services are on the Nottingham to Lincoln route and many trains only stop on a 'request' basis.
The Stagecoach bus service 29A from Mansfield to Newark (via Southwell) stops at Rolleston which is a short walk away.

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There are no toilets at the location. There is a pub in Rolleston although there are no shops there.
The nearest shops and places to eat are either in Southwell or Newark-on-Trent, although there is a general store in the village of Fiskerton (on the Southwell road) a short drive away.
Bed and Breakfast accommodation can be found in both Southwell and Newark-on-Trent.
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Rolleston Crossing

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Photographic notes
The line runs effectively in an East to West direction, and offers good views in both directions from either side of the track. Please bear in mind that all views are at track level, but line side foliage should not pose too much of a problem.
Looking West the line is straight and Rolleston station can be seen in the distance.
The best view, however, is looking East where good shots can be obtained of the semaphore signalling that is controlled from Steythorpe Crossing signal box (just visible in the distance.) The line to the East is on a slight curve.

General views - All photographs © Dr. John Binch unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 1 - Looking east

One of the joys of the Nottingham to Lincoln line is photographing the variety of semaphore signals still in use.
Class 158 unit no. 158858 approaches Steythorpe Crossing Signal Box’s up outer home with the 1438 service from Lincoln to Leicester.

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

Class 156 units are the staple motive power for the Central Trains Leicester – Nottingham – Lincoln services. In this view, no, 156415 forms the 1430 from Leicester.

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