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Written by Mike Rothwel - 22 Nov 2009
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Location notes
This location is found in Hensall, Yorkshire, and is a very popular place on the East Coast Main Line section bewtween Doncaster and York.
Railway type and traffic
You will be looking directly at the East Coast Main Line which is home to the HST and the Class 91 locomotives, as well as a mixture freight trains.
Some of the regular freight trains here are the 17:00 DBS Steel train the 18:30 Freightliner inter modal train, and the class 60 tanker train at 19:00 all week except Fridays and weekends. The Drax Power station line is also seen in the distance which has a single DMU at 19:00 as well as Class 66 coal trains GBRF, DBS and Freightliner.
The spot is located next to a disused quarry and a horse stable which is empty most of the time.
This area is also a popular place for wildlife lovers as the area is home to many creatures including Rabbits, Foxes, Seer, and the Quarry's Sand Martins and Kestrel.
Road directions
Follow main road from Selby taking a left at the power station from where Hensall is sign posted.
Follow the road out of Hensall until you see the mainline and a bridge. Go under it and turn left before the bridge and you will see the embankment park in the lay-by next to it.
You will find an embankment to your left climb up here to get a perfect view of all the main line traffic.

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Hensall Quarry map co-ordinates
There are plenty of spaces to leave your car at the location itself which has very easy access for cars.
Public transport
Hensall can be reached by bus and the spot is about a ten minute walk from the bus stop.

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The location is a fair distance from any toilets. In Hensall village there are two pubs that do serve meals, The Railway Arms and La Anchor, an Italian themed pub. The town of Snaith is also nearby.
Gowdall and is only a few miles from this location and has a cafe serving all day meals open most weekdays as well as a few pubs which serve all day.
The closest town to this location is Selby, Hensall village is easy to find once at Selby or Pontefract as it is sign posted.
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Hensall Quarry

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Photographic notes
The line has a bend and then a level flat surface with no trees of brush to get in the way of photographs a perfect location for photography and videos.
To get the best view you can walk to the top of an embankment which over looks the quarry and the village as well as allowing you to see the Drax line and mainline.

General views - All photographs © Mike Rothwel unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south west - Image � John Turner

Fig 1 - Looking south west - <i>Image  John Turner</i>

Fig 2 - Looking north west- Image � John Turner

Fig 2 - Looking north west- <i>Image  John Turner</i>

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