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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 13 Sep 2007
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Location notes
Despite it`s name, Great Bourton is a small Oxfordshire village just a few miles north of Banbury.
Railway type and traffic
The majority of the traffic is multiple units run by Chiltern Railways and Virgin Cross Country Services.
DB Schenker and Freightliner provide frequent freight movements.
Environment
This quiet location is in the countryside, and some of the fields may contain sheep or cattle from time to time.
Road directions
The quickest way from Banbury is to cut through Little Bourton, but to simplify things we will go a slightly longer way to get to the location.
Head out towards Southam on the A423. Take the right hand turning to Great Bourton, and follow the road down until you see School Lane on your right. Take this narrow and winding road and make a right down Foxden Way when you come to it. Travel down this lane for a few hundred yards, looking out for a small cemetery on the left - the lane to the location is right next to it. Follow the lane down to the railway. Shots here are limited, but if you make your way to the foot-crossing to your left (from either the footpath half-way up the lane, or from the one just a few yards on the left if you cross the line) you should get some better photographic views.

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Great Bourton Crossings map co-ordinates
Parking
The road is narrow, so be careful when parking. There is an area provided for visitors to the cemetery, but the locals are very friendly, and is best not to upset them. The lane down to the railway is in very bad shape, so unless you are driving a tractor, do not try and park near to the railway line. You have been warned!
Public transport
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Amenities
Well, there is a pub in the village at least, but I have never tried this one..
Give him time.. ed!
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.
Great Bourton Crossings

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Streetmap links
Great Bourton Crossings general view map
Great Bourton Crossings close up map

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Great Bourton Crossings



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Photographic notes
Photos can be taken from both crossings, although if the light is right, it is best to use the foot crossing as line side equipment and signalling do not interfere with the composition.
However, interesting shots can be had from the 'wrong side' of the line if the sun is hiding..
In general, the location is best for southbound trains in the afternoon, afternoon
This is a useful location for video, as although the M40 isn`t too far away, it is very quiet here.


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


Fig 1 - Looking north

The foot crossing

Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

The foot crossing

Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north

The main crossing

Fig 4 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north

The main crossing

Fig 5 - Looking south



Fig 5 - Looking south

The foot crossing

Fig 6 - Looking south



Fig 6 - Looking south

The main crossing

Fig 7 - Looking south



Fig 7 - Looking south

The main crossing

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