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Written by K Baldwin - 20 Jul 2008
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Location notes
Located in the East Midlands, close to Long Eaton and very close to the M1 Motorway. The nearest City is Derby.
Railway type and traffic
Quite a few East Midlands Trains' Class 43 HST sets, and Class 222 Meridians, in both 4, 5, 7 sets, plus the occasional set formed as a 4 car and a 5 car, possibly both 5 car sets to form a 10 car train.
Access to location is by a short walk on a public footpath, designed to go through a field, however you will be walking within a boundary where you can not get into the fields to disturb the horses, which are usually well away from the fence anyway.
Note if it has been raining, part of the footpath can get slightly flooded.
Road directions
From the M1, Junction 25:
Head for Long Eaton, also signposted as 'Novotel Hotel', then go to the end of the road where a mini roundabout is located.
Turn right and go to the end of the road, where another roundabout is located. Take the 3rd exit into Breaston and you will go over the M1. You will then after approx 1.3 mile, pass through Breaston Village centre. Keep going, and you will pass Mark Campbell Car Dealership. Take the first road turning on the left after the car dealership and go straight down to the bottom.

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Marlborough Road, Breaston, Derbyshire map co-ordinates
Parking a vehicle looks suitable, e.g. space for another vehicle to turn around etc.
To get to the railway, go through the pedestrian gate, and follow the path to the right, and it will lead you to the location.
Public transport
From Derby, take the Trent Barton 'Rainbow 5' bus to Nottingham, and ask for Marlborough Road, Breaston. The bus will Speak each destination out loud as well as a suitable LED Display on board. It will take approx 30-45min on the bus. When you get off the bus at Marlborough Road, look accross the road and you can see Marlborough Road. Walk down to the end, go through the public footpath gate, bare right, and it will lead you to the railway line. Note as soon as you go through the gate you can see the line.

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Nearest Public Toilets are in the Village Centre, located next to the Community Police station. Confectionery can be obtained from the 'Co-Op', 'One Stop' or the 'Corner Deli shop located on 'The Green'.
There is a chip shop just around the corner from the Chequers pub, adjacent to the Co-Op.
These are the only shops near by. Approx 0.4miles from Marlborough Road.
Nearest Hotel is the Novotel Hotel just off M1, Junction 25. There are none nearer to the railway line unfortunately.
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Marlborough Road, Breaston, Derbyshire

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Marlborough Road, Breaston, Derbyshire

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Photographic notes
Photography depends on whether you want to stand next to the line where the telephone is to phone crossing operator, just next to the gate, or further back from the line and standing on the footpath.
Standing near the line is ok in both directions, plenty of clearance, good light. Best to judge when you arrive as when I visit I often find my self on both sides of the crossing to see which is best , light is usually better in the afternoon.
The Sawley Level Crossing (Road) can be seen, and the warning lights are also just about visable from the red flashing. it usually takes a few mins before the train arrives after the warning lights appear.
Videoing is best from the crossing gate.

General views - All photographs © K Baldwin unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south west

Fig 1 - Looking south west

Fig 2 - Looking north west

Fig 2 - Looking north west

Fig 3 - Looking south east

Fig 3 - Looking south east

Location Video

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