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Written by Liam Telfer - 24 Feb 2010
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Location notes
Hinxton is south of Whittlesford station on the line is the line from Cambridge to London.
Railway type and traffic
This line is very busy. National Express West Anglia class 317 EMUs (2 each way per hour weekday), Cross Country class 158 and 170 DMUs (1 each way per hour).
Some freight - some DB Schenker stone traffic to Bishops Stortford and Harlow, plus some infrastructure trains.
Steam specials are not uncommon ('Cathedrals Express' to Ely or Norwich)
Environment
Hixton is a level crossing in the middle of no where. Next to the level crossing there is a big big field which is fallow with tracks where people walk there dogs, the field is right next to track and continues on for a few acres, you can really get some great shots if you have a tripod, you will not get mugged here as all the passers bye are very friendly and interested in our hobby. The only thing i would say is that if it has been raining heavy you may want to dig out your boots,and also be careful of the track as you are very very close near the crossing.
Road directions
From the M11, junction 10. Head east off the roundabout, away from the Imperial War Museum hangers, crossing straight over the mini roundabout. When you see the large Volvo factory on your right there is a right turn. This is the turn you need but you will have to continue on to Whittlesford and do a u turn at the roundabout to access this. Follow this road through the village of Duxford and take the signs to Hinxton. You will cross over the, now disused, track to the industrial area. Shortly after this is the crossing.

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Hinxton map co-ordinates
Parking
Parking is ok. There are no designated place to park but there is a few cleared patches where others have parked.
Public transport
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Amenities
There are toilets and somewhere to eat at McDonalds at Whittlesford Service Station. Next to the McDonalds there is a big petrol garage with a coffee shop.
Accommodation
The Duxford Lodge Hotel is close by and offers nice food and wi fi.
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Photographic notes
North facing shots from the crossing are hindered by the trees. But if you walk down the field edges more options open up.


General views - All photographs © Liam Telfer unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north - image ©James Welham


Fig 1 - Looking north - <i>image ©James Welham</i>


Location Video



Some general views around the area. Plenty of crossing sirens!

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