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Written by Peter Tandy - 25 Sep 2007
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Location notes
Long Marston is an ex-MOD site some 7 miles to the south-west of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is partly used for the storage of redundant rolling stock and locomotives although maintenance and repair and testing of certain items of stock is also carried out. It is situated at the end of a long siding from Honeybourne station, on the Oxford - Worcester line and used to be on the GWR main line from Birmingham to the West Country and South Wales. The nearest major towns are Stratford-upon-Avon and Evesham.
Railway type and traffic
This is a single line branch which sees as required traffic comprising off-lease locomotives and various types of vans, wagons and tanks to and from from a variety of locations. There are no timetabled trains and it not worth going without prior knowledge that something is running.
Locomotives from DB Schenker, Freightliner, DRS, Cotswold Rail and GBRf appear from time to time with classes 20, 31, 37, 45, 47, 60 and 66 having appeared over the last couple of years since the Motorail Logistics facility began operations.
You may also see various industrial locomotives in use on the internal system, although a HNRC class 11, 12082 is the most frequently used.
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RTT Link Long Marston, Warwickshire
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The site is in open countryside between villages and is safe at all times of day.
Road directions
If coming from the Evesham (M5) direction use the A46 and B439 and turn right through Welford on Avon. Do not turn off this road, which will take you through to Long Marston village. Drive straight through the village and keep going to Bridge Farm, just before the railway line.
From Stratford, take the B4632 beyond Long Marston Airfield and turn right into Station Road. Go to the end of this road and turn left to Bridge Farm.

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Drive past Bridge Farm, over the railway to where there is very limited parking by the sign on the right. Do not be tempted to partially block the road as some heavy and agricultural traffic uses the road and your car will get damaged. If the ground is wet, be careful how far off the road you pull as you may slide into the ditch.
Public transport
There are buses from Stratford - a No.27 does a circular route past the bridge but I do not know if they would stop in the right place. It is not a long walk from the village anyway.

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There are no nearby facilities but Long Marston village has a good pub and village shop. There is also an excellent cafe/restaurant at an antiques centre at the far end of Station Road.
There are Bed and Breakfasts both in Long Marston and Welford on Avon.
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Long Marston, Warwickshire

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Photographic notes
The light is best for incoming trains in the morning and outgoing around lunchtime. Decent shots of ingoing trains can be taken in the late afternoon although this path is very rarely used. The light is all wrong for outgoing trains in the afternoon. The road bridge is the only location apart from a public footpath crossing the branch a few yards to the south. There is no access to the site itself. It is not especially good for video as the line has a low speed restriction and the road can be busy. Shots of trains in the exchange sidings can be taken from the bridge but a lens of around 200mm, for digital users, is required.

General views - All photographs © Peter Tandy unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south west

Fig 1 - Looking south west

Fig 2 - Looking south west

Fig 2 - Looking south west

Fig 3 - Looking north east

Fig 3 - Looking north east

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