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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 21 Aug 2007
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Location notes
Crick is on the outskirts of Northamptonshire, just a short distance away from 'DIRFT'.
Don`t get confused with DIRFT being anywhere near Daventry, it is actually 6 and a half miles away! In fact Rugby is much closer! Anyway, I digress.....
The location is a field on the outkirts of Crick.
Railway type and traffic
Here you will see local trains operated by class 321 and 350 units. Some Virgin services are also scheduled to pass here.
The line also sees considerable freight activity, with current workings by DB Schenker, Freightliner and DRS.
Class 08s can also often be seen here shunting in the DIRFT sidings.
Environment
A quiet field side location, where you may have the odd sheep or two for company.
Road directions
From the nearest town of Rugby (not Daventry) head out Eastwards via Hillmorton on the A428. You will pass under the railway bridges as you leave Rugby. Keep going straight over the roundabouts, and this will take you straight past the DIRFT site. Pass under the motorway, continue past the industrial units until you enter the village. Once you pass Bucknills lane on the left, you need to look for a lane on the right which will lead you to the location. At the end of the lane, you can pick up the footpath which passes under the motorway, and then the railway lines and then brings you out into the field.

There is also a footpath at the end of 'The Derry' This will also lead you to the location, but this takes you across some fields, and as such is not the easiest route.

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Crick map co-ordinates
Parking
The lane leading down to the location is far from suitable for most road vehicles, so it may be best to park in the main road, and walk the full distance. There is a very high risk of damage to your motor, or even being grounded as the road surface is VERY uneven, and is prone to being very water logged. Wellies may also be a good idea if there has been recent wet weather!
Public transport
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Photographic notes
This location is best for southbound shots from late morning through to the afternoon, with northbound workings being taken late afternoon through the evening.
Shots can also be has from a distance within the field, and also from the lineside fence.

Due to the very close proximity of the M1 motorway, this spot is far from ideal for those who wish to take video.


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


Fig 1 - Looking north west


Fig 2 - Looking north west


Fig 2 - Looking north west


Fig 3 - Looking south east


Fig 3 - Looking south east


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