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This Location is between Dartford and Stone Crossing stations on the North Kent Line.
Railway type and traffic
Class 465 and Class 466 Networkers, on the odd occasion Class 375s can be seen on ECS runs/service trains, Class 376s do the occasional turn down to Gravesend.
Sercos with Class 37s usually visit the line every few months or so, you also have freight off Hoo Junction/Cliffe/Grain with Class 59s/66s, however class 60s do make the odd appearance and class 73s as well too with GBRF, you also have one off workings occasionally and Freightliner intermodals too.
This location is situated on a bend at a main road which leads from Stone to the A282 and the Dartford Tunnel, the area around is quite mixed with some yards and open fields, there is a pavement on either side of the bridge, the area is ok, but as with anywhere keep valuables out of site!
One thing I find with this location is you do get beeped at and shouted at from silly people in their cars!, but I have had no problems at this location so far.
Take the M25 to the junction just before/after the tolls to the south of the river. This road is actually the A282. Take the turn off here for Erith/Swanscombe. Follow the directions to Stone taking the B2228 and you will go over the bridge.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Cotton Lane Bridge, Stone, Kent map co-ordinates
The Pavement on the bridge is quite wide, but would not recommend parking on the inside of the bend as people do speed round the corner.
There is a little place with toilets to park your car a little further down on the left hand side of the main road, heading back towards Stone House Hospital.
Go to Stone Crossing station, if your coming from London you will need to cross over the tracks, using the level crossing, controlled by network rail personnel, head up the hill and you will come to some houses in front of you and a pub on your right hand side, it is quite concealed. Turn right at the pub and this is Elizabeth Street which leads into Cotton Lane, walk down this road, you will pass some houses on your right, the pavement only goes so far so you will need to watch for traffic, keep going straight on you will pass a gate to a disused rifle range on your left. Head up the hill and come to the main road then turn right, the bridge is then upon you.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
Toilets nearby on the left hand side of the main road, heading towards Stone, it is not know if these are manned or closed at certain times. There is a newsagents if you walk back down the main road, you will pass Stone House Hospital on the right, at the end of this main road turn left, you will need to cross the road to get to the newsagents which is a little further on.
There is also a Burger King next to Stone Crossing station and Bluewater is not far either.
There is a Travelodge next to Stone Crossing Station.
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The light here can be particularly bad in the evening, especially if your photographing trains coming from London.
The sun is best positioned for photographing trains from London during the day, up till around 17:00.
If your photographing trains coming from London, you will need to be razor sharp with getting your camera turned on as trains come round the blind bend at 40mph, but if your photographing trains going to London you will clearly see these from a distance.
The main road is quite noisy with cars and lorries so not recommended for video.
General views - All photographs © James Martin unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east
Fig 2 - Looking west
Fig 3 - Looking west
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