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Written by Richard Tearle - 25 Sep 2007
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Location notes
Daw Mill is a colliery on the Nuneaton-Birmingham line, roughly in the middle of that line.
Railway type and traffic
Local 'Central' units can be seen on the line, as can various freight workings, mainly DB Schenker and Freightliner. This can also be a diversion route for the West Coast when the Coventry line is shut, with the electric trains being dragged with class 57 locomotives.
Environment
This location is a field next to the line and on the opposite side of the colliery. The field entrance can be very wet and boggy, and the field can also be wet in places.
Road directions
From Nuneaton take either the B4114 or B4112 in the west direction; the B4112 joins the B4114 at Ansley. Follow the B4114 until you come down a hill and it joins the B4098 where you want to turn left and then take the next right, past the entrance to the colliery. The junction of these two roads is an alternative parking location mentioned below. Follow this road down under the railway and you will see the field entrance on the right.

From the M6, Junction 4:
Take the third exit at the roundabout onto the A446 towards Coleshill. Continue straight at the next roundabout and then exit right (crossing the other carriageway), and drive into Coleshill itself, this is the B4117. In the middle of Coleshill, at the crossroads, take the right exit up the hill and past the church, this is the B4114 and will be signposted Shustoke. Follow this road passed the reservoirs and over the railway until you reach Furnace End. Here at the crossroads take the right hand exit onto the B4098 and pass through the village of Over Whitacre, down the hill pass the junction with the B4114 (again!), and then itís the next right, past the entrance to the colliery. The junction of these two roads is an alternative parking location mentioned below. Follow this road down under the railway and you will see the field entrance on the right.

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Parking
Parking is available at the field entrance, but this can be very wet even in the driest of weather. Also make sure you do not block both the field entrances and the small road, which is used by large farm equipment. If all else fails it is possible to park on the hard standing at the junction of the B4098 and Daw Mill lane.
Once parked, follow the footpath through the field to the left until it reaches a small tunnel way under the line. Do not go under the line but head off towards the left up the hill. Once at the top of the small hill you should be able to see the shot.
Public transport
Stagecoach service 717 operates hourly between Nuneaton and Birmingham International and passes along the B4114 between Furnace End, Church End and Shustoke.

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Amenities
There are no amenities at the location, with the nearest town being Nuneaton or Whitarce.
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Photographic notes
The line runs roughly north-west to south-east at this point, but due to the slight cutting and vegetation at this location the favoured shot is of lunch time eastbound trains. This can be taken with a variety of focal lengths from around 200mm to 300mm. Steps are required to gain that little bit of extra height to get the whole train in.


General views - All photographs © Richard Tearle unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west

Taken from the highest point in the field on a small set of steps from the south side of the line with an eastbound train on a bright summer lunchtime, with a 200mm lens.

Fig 2 - Looking west - Image © Jason Rodhouse


Fig 2 - Looking west - <i>Image © Jason Rodhouse</i>


Fig 3 - Looking east - Image © Jason Rodhouse


Fig 3 - Looking east - <i>Image © Jason Rodhouse</i>


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