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A rural over bridge crossing the point where the Swindon line splits from the main Bristol-Birmingham route.
Railway type and traffic
The main Bristol - Birmingham line sees FGW 150s, 158s and Pacers, Cross Country Voyagers and HSTs. There is some reasonably regular freight including coal trains from Avonmouth and the Robeston - Westerleigh 'Murco' tanks.
Freight is sparse on the Swindon line, but you will see FGW units and HSTs.
A brick-built overbridge used only for access to farmer's fields. Although close to the town of Stonehouse it is quiet and peaceful.
From M5, Junction 12:
Take the B4008 towards Stonehouse. After passing over the railway look for a wide gravel track on the right, about 300yds after passing a plant nursery. If you get into Stonehouse itself you have gone too far!
Drive up the track to the bridge, use caution when driving along the gravel track as it has deteriorated and is now badly rutted.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Standish Junction map co-ordinates
You can park right by the bridge, but leave room for tractors.
Take the train to Stonehouse, you may need to change at Gloucester or Cheltenham, then take a Gloucester-bound bus. These are fairly frequent, at least during weekdays. There is a bus stop virtually at the end of the track. Or around half an hour's walk from the station.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
Nothing in the immediate area, but Stonehouse is close by and has a supermarket, shops, pubs and cashpoints.
Probably some small B&Bs in Stonehouse, or if you head from Junction 12 of the M5 into Gloucester there is a Holiday Inn Express.
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Line is in quite a deep cutting, but good clear views in both directions. The 'Classic' shot is looking South-East for trains coming off the Swindon line.
General views - All photographs © Matt Weston unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking south
Fig 3 - Looking south
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