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A Cambridgeshire signal box and level crossing,
Deep in the Fens, between Peterborough and Cambridge, March South Junction is situated on the busy connecting line between Ely and Peterborough. The signal box and level crossing are situated on Creek Road.
Railway type and traffic
All regular passenger trains are DMUs, local services between Peterborough and Ipswich are run by Anglia Railways using Class 150 and 153 units. Longer distance services are operated by Central Trains using 156, 158 and 170 DMU classes, running services between Birmingham and Stansted, and Norwich and Liverpool.
March sees a considerable amount of freight traffic. A high proportion of these are DB Schenker aggregate trains. Stone from La Farge at Mountsorrel is transported to Norwich Trowse, Kennett, Barham, Broxbourne and Chesterton Jnc. Limestone trains run to Bury St Edmunds and Brandon for use by the local sugar factories. Bulk sand trains run from Middleton Towers (Kings Lynn), and from Bardon Concrete at Croft (Leicester) to Bishops Stortford. DB Schenker also have two trains running in and out of Felixstowe, intermodal traffic to Wakefield and Cargowaggons to Healey Mills.
The Freightliner traffic is mainly intermodal trains from Wilton and Leeds to Felixstowe, although Heavy Haul now run services to Chesterton Junction near Cambridge.
GBRf have two daily intermodal trains to Felixstowe from Hams Hall and Selby, as well as handling a good number of engineering and construction trains connected with the rebuilding of Whitemoor Yard.
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The South Junction signal box and level crossing are situated on Creek Road, which leads out from the town centre to houses and not a lot else. The level crossing is at the southern end of the yard with a number of semaphore signals to add interest to photographs. There are no pavements, just grassy verges. If standing in the lane opposite the signal box, keep an eye out as lorries use this route.
WARNING: At the time of writing, the level crossing had no audible warning, be careful where you stand and keep your eye on the crossing lights to avoid barriers landing on your head.
Take the A142 to Chatteris, and follow the A141 (signposted March) until reaching the southern end of the town. The B1101 will take you into the town centre. Follow the road over the river to where the lanes divide on approach to the traffic light controlled junction with the B1099, with the town bandstand as the centrepiece. Turn right at this junction, and you want the next right turning, Creek Road, which is awkwardly situated on a sharp left. You will find the level crossing and South Jnc signalbox about half a mile away.From the A47 Guyhirn roundabout:
Take the A141 (signposted March) for about 5 miles before the road crosses over the March - Peterborough line on a concrete bridge. Take the B1099 off the roundabout immediately over the bridge, follow this to the town centre and junction with the B1101 at a traffic light controlled junction with the town bandstand as the centrepiece. Go straight at this junction, and you want the next right turning, Creek Road, which is awkwardly situated on a sharp left. You will find the level crossing and South Junction signal box about half a mile away. From the railway station
Turn left out of the station approach and over the level crossing. At the double roundabout, turn right into Estover Road; follow this until reaching an angled junction with Creek Road, turn right (careful as sighting isn�t great) and follow this to find the signalbox and level crossing.
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You�ll have to find a spot on the roadside, although to park safely this will have to be about 60 metres either side of the level crossing. Don�t be tempted to use the lane opposite the signalbox, its frequently used by lorries.
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None in the immediate area. Heading into town along Creek Road will bring you back to the town centre, you�ll come across a Sainsburys store which has cash points and telephones. There is a chip shop on the opposite side of the main road (B1101 Station Road).
�The Station Hotel� immediately outside the railway station. +44 (0) 1354 653259
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The signal box is on the northern side of the railway, this can be incorporated into photographs taken from the opposite side of the crossing. The box retains its attractive enamelled Eastern region blue sign � unfortunately someone wasn�t thinking about photographs when placing a speed sign directly in front of it! Views are slightly hampered at present by a stack of concrete sleepers on some former stabling roads and the slightly by the caging around the barrier mechanism but the imaginative photographer or videographer will find a place to stand and get a decent shot of southbound trains leaving the yard area. (fig 4)
Standing on the same side of the road as the signal box, you can get a telephoto shot into the yard itself, capturing trains passing the semaphore signals within. Otherwise, by walking a yard or two down the little lane (minding the occasional lorry) you can get a clear shot of trains approaching from the south by leaning against the fence. (see fig 3).
General views - All photographs © Ben Cannell unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
The signal box as taken from the southern side of the railway, you�ll see what I mean about the badly placed speed restriction board.
Fig 2 - Looking north
The view from the signalbox side of the crossing down into the yard, taken with a telephoto lens leaning over the barriers.
Fig 3 - Looking south
A GBRf Intermodal service from Felixstowe approaches the crossing.
Fig 4 - Looking north
Hastily taken photo of train passing the signalbox from the southern side of the crossing, the photographer with a bit more time will be able to choose a slightly better position or angle!
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