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Written by Les Pitcher - 26 Jan 2004
last update by Mark Bearton - 09 Mar 2009
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Location notes
On the Midland main line, 35 miles south of Leicester. This is the point where freight usually rejoins the main line from the freight lines avoiding Sharnbrook Summit, though the line continues north of this location.
Railway type and traffic
There are 4 EMT services an hour though so plenty of opportunities for HST and 'Meridian' shots.. From around 12:00hrs on a good day there can be a procession of north-bound empty freights, mainly aggregate trains, as well as a couple of cement trains. There is little if any south-bound afternoon freight traffic.
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RTT Link Wellingborough, Harrowden Junction
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A narrow, but busy, lane linking Harrowden with Finedon.
Road directions
Take the A509 from Wellingborough towards Kettering. Turn right just before the speed camera into "The Slips". Follow winding road to the railway - about a mile.

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Wellingborough, Harrowden Junction map co-ordinates
There are a number of lay bys and grass verges around the bridge where you can park your car.
Public transport
Due to country nature of this location there is no practical public transport to this location. Wellingborough Station is about 3 miles away.

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The nearest amenities would be back in Wellingborough.
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Wellingborough, Harrowden Junction

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Streetmap links
Wellingborough, Harrowden Junction general view map
Wellingborough, Harrowden Junction close up map

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Wellingborough, Harrowden Junction

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Photographic notes
This is a southbound shot throughout the day but only a northbound shot from mid afternoon onwards. Given the open nature of the location, aside from the bridge, there is nothing to cast shadows over your subject matter.
Line speed is 100 on main with 50 on avoider, but slower if taking the junction. You can see for a mile or two to the north so there is plently of notice of approaching workings. The view to the south is not as far as line disappears under bridge round curve. But you will still get ample notice.
Links to photographs at this location

Phantasrail Galleries - Harrowden Junction

General views - All photographs © Les Pitcher unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 1 - Looking south

Afternooon shot

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Afternooon shot

Fig 3 - Looking north - photo Jason Rodhouse

Fig 3 - Looking north - <i> photo  Jason Rodhouse</i>

Morning shot.

Fig 4 - Looking north - photo Jason Rodhouse

Fig 4 - Looking north - <i> photo  Jason Rodhouse</i>

From the field.

Fig 5 - Looking south - photo Jason Rodhouse

Fig 5 - Looking south - <i> photo  Jason Rodhouse</i>

Morning shot.

Fig 6 - Looking south - photo Jason Rodhouse

Fig 6 - Looking south - <i> photo  Jason Rodhouse</i>

From the field.

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