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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 09 Sep 2007
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Location notes
Hanslope is a small village between Milton Keynes and Northampton. This location is a road bridge which crosses over the busy West Coast Mainline.
Railway type and traffic
Plenty of Virgin trains, and class 321 and 350 units operating local services.
There is also much freight, mainly by DB Schenker, GBRf, and Freightliner.
Environment
This is a relatively quiet over bridge surrounded by farmland.
Road directions
From the M1, Junction 15:
Take the A508 to Roade. From here, take the local road to Hartwell. Once you reach Hartwell, bear right, and follow the main road to Long Street/Hanslope. As you pass through Long Street, take a right hanbd turn down Higham Cross road, and follow this winding road to the railway.

Update. At Higham Cross where the 'main' road bears right the signs (put up by the local farmer?) suggests that the lane down to the bridge is not a public right of way for motor traffic. I parked on the grass opposite the cottages (there is plenty of room) and walked. I did not see anyone to ask but there are a number of cottages and upmarket barn conversions on this lane who clearly have access.

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Hanslope map co-ordinates
Parking
You can park on the left hand side after crossing the bridge.
Public transport
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Amenities
There is a selection of pubs in Hanslope and the surrounding area.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Hanslope

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Streetmap links
Hanslope general view map
Hanslope close up map

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Photographic notes
This location is best for southbound workings from lunchtime until late afternoon. Shots of northbound workings can be had later on in the day, but the shot is not what it used to be.
The southbound view is rather spoilt by the new signal bridge and the posts (carrying lights?) Network Rail have erected alonside the junction points. A walk over the bridge along the track which bcurves left then right offers a nice wide angle view of northbounds from early afternoon.


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


Fig 1 - Looking north


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