trainspots logo

Written by Jason Rodhouse - 24 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
Castlethorpe is a small village between Milton Keynes and Northampton. This location is a road bridge which crosses over the busy West Coast Main Line.
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.
The location is a small bridge between open fields.
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 Hanslope. At the centre of Hanslope, you will come across a mini roundabout at which you turn right down Castlethorpe Road. Follow this road until you pass a horse training ground on your right. Just further ahead the road bends sharply to the left and you should notice the public footpath sign. Park safely, and follow the footpath which will lead you to the bridge that crosses the railway lines.

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

Castlethorpe, Bridge 191 map co-ordinates
It is possible to park off road just before the bend.
Public transport
Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
Nothing at the location itself, but there is a pub in the village,the 'Carrington Arms', on the corner of South Street.
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.
Castlethorpe, Bridge 191

Googly map
Streetmap links
Castlethorpe, Bridge 191 general view map
Castlethorpe, Bridge 191 close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
Castlethorpe, Bridge 191

Who likes this location on facebook

Railway Gen Group
Midlands Gen
Photographic notes
This location is best for Southbound workings. However, once you cross the bridge, you can go along the edge of the field, and if you then turn back on yourself, a 'reasonable' northbound shot then presents itself.

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

Fig 1 - Looking north west

Fig 2 - Looking south east

Fig 2 - Looking south east

Fig 3 - Looking north west

Fig 3 - Looking north west

Fig 4 - Park here!

Fig 4 - Park here!

Please note: That here, I have travelled in the opposite direction than described in the road directions.

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.