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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 09 Sep 2007
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Location notes
This location is a quiet bridge which crosses the busy West Coast Mainline between Northampton and Milton Keynes.
Railway type and traffic
Lots of Pendolinos can be seen here, often interrupted by class 321s and 350s on local passenger duties.
The location is also very busy on the freight front, with regular DB Schenker, Freightliner and GBRf workings amongst others.
Environment
The location is a rural setting where an over bridge crosses the railway.
Road directions
The location is between Northampton and Milton Keynes, and from either of these, take the A508 to Ashton. From Ashton village centre, head south, and take a right hand turn onto Bozenham Mill Lane. Follow this road past the sewage works, and take the first turning on the left. You will notice a farm entrance on your right before the railway line which crosses the road here. Pull up on the side of the road, and follow the public footpath up the farmers lane which will lead you to the location.

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Gordons Lodge map co-ordinates
Parking
Just off the road by the farm entrance, but please do not block the entrance!
Public transport
MK Metro operates a service (86, 87) every two hours from Northampton, every day excluding Sunday.
Stagecoach Northants also operate service 37 from Northampton, serving Ashton.

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Amenities
The Old Crown in nearby Ashton offers meals at various times throughout the day.
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.
Gordons Lodge

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Photographic notes
This location is best for southbound workings. In the morning, the east side of the bridge is the best for the light, although some new lineside equipment has cluttered the shot, but some photographers may not mind this, although some will no doubt be deterred.
From lunchtime, shots of southbound trains are best taken from the field on the west side of the bridge.


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


Fig 1 - Looking north west


Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking east


Fig 4 - Looking east

From the farm track

Fig 5 - Looking north



Fig 5 - Looking north


Fig 6 - Looking north



Fig 6 - Looking north


Fig 7 - Looking north west



Fig 7 - Looking north west

To obtain this shot, you need to cross the bridge, and follow the footpath to the left. You will notice a gap in the fence which brings you into a field and this shot can be taken from the fence.

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