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Written by Darren Wetherall - 18 Dec 2007
last update by Darren Wetherall - 06 Jun 2009
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Location notes
Located on the site of a former level crossing (now closed) just North of Werrington Junction, Peterborough. It is on the main ECML running between Peterborough and Grantham, plus the Peterborough to Stamford line. The Peterborough to Spalding line can also be seen from the footbridge.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger traffic consists mainly of East Coast operated 91s and HSTs for East Coast services.
Other operators workings include Grand Central HSTs and 180s.
First Hull Trains runn 180's on their services.
EMT trains on the Spalding branch are worked mainly by 153s, with 156s and 158s on busier workings.
EMT Norwich - Liverpool services are worked by 158s - very occasionally 156s.
Arriva Cross Country Birmingham - Stanstead Airport services are worked by 170s.
The NMT makes regular runs between Heaton and Bounds Green(usually Mondays)and there are regular Serco trips between Derby and East Anglia(37s and 31s), and the line is very popular with charter trains(47s, 90s and 67s)on Saturdays in particular.

Freightliner 66s work modal and aggregates only.
99% of DB Schenker workings are 66 hauled. Best chance of getting a class 60 is on the Ely - Peak Forest working, followed by occasional trips out to the Anglia region on aggregate workings from Mountsorrel or engineers trips from Toton - usually after overhaul or reinstatement.
There is 1 daylight (March - October)class 92 working (Dollands Moor - Scunthorpe) viewable in the late evening.
Environment
Narrow dead end road in the countryside near some cottages, stables and a farm. No lighting, so not suitable after sun down. There are shots to be had from the footbridge in both directions, as well as alongside the track from the adjacent field/footpath and base of the footbridge. If it rains you can sit in your car and still see the trains, although you will not see the Spalding line.
Road directions
From the A47 take the Junction for Castor and Ailsworth.
From the Leicester direction head into and through the village of Castor and head back over the A47 before turning left at the Marholm turn.
From the Peterborough direction take the slip road for Castor and at the end turn right over the A47 then immediatley left(the Marholm turn).

Just follow this road until you reach a Give Way in the next village(Marholm)with a crossroads where you will go straight over. Then just follow this twisty road, over a narrow bridge, all the way heading straight on - do not take the turn to the left!
There is access from the A15 to the north side of the former crossing, but this is only to access the cottages where it is not so easy to park without obstructing things.

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Marholm map co-ordinates
Parking
Park to the side of the road near the base of the footbridge. Usually plenty of room (although busier when there is something special on!), but be courteous to the people looking after the horses and the farm workers on the Castor side, and the people living in the cottages on the A15 side.
Public transport
The nearest bus route would be Werrington, but still quite a walk. There are buses passing nearby on the A15, but not sure where the stop is - try Peterborough Bus Times for some more information.

If you have a bike though the footbridge is on 'The Green Wheel' cycle route and has ramps to allow you to easily get across the bridge.

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Amenities
There is a pub in Marholm. Nearest shops would be in Werrington/Bretton, and Peterborough centre itself is only about 10 minutes away by car.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Marholm

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Marholm general view map
Marholm close up map

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Photographic notes
The fact you can move either side of the bridge allows for some form of shot throughout the day, but Southbound shots are possible pretty much all day, while Northbound shots are best from afternoon onwards. The low sun can be a problem for morning Northbound Autumn/Winter shots. You can get a shot of the Spalding line from the footbridge, but it is not very good. You can see the line for around a mile or more in both directions, so if you have a telephoto lens that opens up some more possibilities.
It is worth bearing in mind though that the ECML expresses will be doing in excess of 100mph. There is hardly any noise for videoing apart from the A15 when the wind is in that direction - plus the occasional Harrier from RAF Wittering!


General views - All photographs © Darren Wetherall unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east


Fig 1 - Looking north east


Fig 2 - Looking south east


Fig 2 - Looking south east

From the footbridge in summer.

Fig 3 - Looking north west


Fig 3 - Looking north west


Fig 4 - Looking north east


Fig 4 - Looking north east

From the road side, winter.

Fig 5 - Looking south west



Fig 5 - Looking south west

From the footbridge, Autumn

Fig 6 - Looking north east



Fig 6 - Looking north east

From the foot bridge, summer

Fig 7 - Looking north east



Fig 7 - Looking north east

From the road side, summer

Fig 8 - Looking south east



Fig 8 - Looking south east


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