trainspots logo


Written by Richard Allen - 25 Sep 2007
New Mobile Site
We have just launched a new mobile version of this site - m.trainspots. This page will use your smart device's GPS to loctate you and guide you to locations that are close to your present location.
Location notes
An over bridge on the Midland Main Line about 6 miles south of Bedford.
Railway type and traffic
Standard southern end Midland Main Line traffic; 319s, 222s, HSTs and a reasonable amount of freight.
Environment
Very open location in fields. The road is fairly quiet and there are few people about. It is an exposed location, so take something warm in winter.
Road directions
From Bedford:
Head south on B530 for about five miles until you see a minor road signposted 'Millbrook' on the right; turn right and the location is about a mile beyond.

From the east:
Take the A507; a mile or so west of Ampthill, take a minor road signposted 'Millbrook' at a crossroads; drive through the village and turn right at the T junction at the end of the village. The bridge is about 1/2 mile beyond.

From the M1, junction 12:
Follow the A5120 north and then take A507 east towards Ampthill, then turn left at the crossroads mentioned above towards Millbrook.



Click here to set up your location for directions to this location

Millbrook Bridge map co-ordinates
Parking
Some car parking space by the side of the road, which is fairly quiet. It is an open, rural area so no problems likely.
Public transport
The nearest station is Millbrook (Bletchley-Bedford line). It is a mile or so walk along footpaths from there. There are very few buses to Millbrook itself, but Ampthill is served by frequent buses from Bedford and Flitwick (Stagecoach) and is about a 1 1/2 mile walk from the location.

Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
Amenities
None in the area. There is very little in Millbrook, but nearby Ampthill has a reasonable range of shops and pubs.
Accommodation
There are a number of hotels in Bedford and Milton Keynes.
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.
Millbrook Bridge

Googly map
Streetmap links
Millbrook Bridge general view map
Millbrook Bridge close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
Millbrook Bridge



Who likes this location on facebook



Photographic notes
This is a good location for morning trains; foliage and the angle of the road make afternoon photography well-nigh impossible. Good views can be had of up trains; those of down are a bit head-on (especially on the slow line). Electrification equipment is not too intrusive. The roads is fairly quiet, so video should be possible but for video, I would recommend heading north a few hundred yards, where you can get quite a reasonable broadside view with the line on an embankment.


General views - All photographs © Richard Allen unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north

Standard lens

Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

Zoom lens

Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north

A more open view, perhaps useful for videographers.

Disclaimer
Back to the top

All information contained within this is site is Trainspots. The images used on this site remain the property of the original photographer, as credited at the top of the page, and are used with their kind permission.

The information on these pages is supplied for the benefit of railway enthusiasts who carry out a harmless hobby, and through the medium of photography and video, actually promote the railway industry. Railway enthusiasts can also act as eyes and ears against railway vandalism, and as such should surely be encouraged to do so by the supply of adequate information such as is found on this website.

This site has been created to assist railway photographers in their travels around the country. It is based on the personal knowledge and experience. No liability can be held against the web site or its contributions for incorrect information. Trainspots will endeavour to check all information and corrections will be accepted and posted accordingly.

Advice as to the locations general environment is given as a guide on each page. This information is a GUIDE only. ALWAYS be careful with your equipment, Trainspots can not be held responsible for your personal security. Avoid leaving your property on display for all to see, be aware of your surroundings at all times. There are, sadly, people who will not think twice about trying to steal your equipment.

Trainspots DOES NOT condone trespass and none of the information on this site should be taken as a right to trespass on either railway or private land. To the best of our knowledge all locations are publicly accessible areas, where they are not contact information will be given to the appropriate authority for permission to be obtained.

The content of this site is created and intended for all age ranges but the content of sites linked from this site are not subject to the same intentions. Trainspots will attempt to check links for validity but as time passes and the site grows this will not always be possible. Broken, or indeed updates to, links should be submitted to the editor for inclusion in the updates. All links external to the Trainspots site are opened in a new browser window. Trainspots has been running now for over 10 years and there are imitation sites and guides to railfotspots. But we are a free site and we continue on the path we started out on over a decade ago to provide a useful guide to UK Railway Photographic Locations.