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Written by James Mayl - 29 Aug 2007
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Location notes
A narrow foot crossing over the main line between Basingstoke and Southampton.

This location is now no longer available. Hampshire County Council closed access to this crossing around May 2009 and anyone wishing to cross the line to the North side, now has to make an approx 1 mile detour via a farm track and underbridge to the west of the rail crossing. As there is no longer access to the lineside (the path only leads to a house on the North side of the line), this vantage point is no longer valid.
Railway type and traffic
SWT Units 444, 450, 159, 158
Freightliner - 66
DB Schenker - 59, 60, 66, 67.
Occasional steam
Environment
Wooded countryside, the walk up to the crossing is along an overgrown public foot path. When it has been raining you can expect to get wet feet and legs.
Road directions
From the M3, Junction 7:
Follow the A30 south to the North Waltham turning (4th left, about 2 or 3 miles) and once through North Waltham Village follow the signposts for Steventon Village.

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Steventon map co-ordinates
Parking
Parking is quite tight at the bottom of the footpath, with space for about 1 car. You may end up walking the extra few hundred yards from the village its self.
Public transport
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Amenities
Nothing in the immediate area, the village has a few 'local' shops.
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Steventon

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Streetmap links
Steventon general view map
Steventon close up map

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Photographic notes
This is a foot crossing and clearances are quite tight, at most there is room for 3 or 4 photographers at the location. Steps would be handy but given the steep nature of the path up to the crossing perhaps unsuitable.
The line coming from Basingstoke (looking north east) is cut through a forest of trees and as such will be in shade all day.
Coming from Southampton (looking south west) can be favourable for a large part of the morning.


General views - All photographs © James Mayl unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south west


Fig 1 - Looking south west


Fig 2 - Looking south west


Fig 2 - Looking south west

Further south west along the line, the approaching train can be seen.

Fig 3 - Looking north east


Fig 3 - Looking north east

The cutting in the trees does have a few lucky breaks in them to allow sunlight through!

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