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Newbury is a delightful town in Berkshire. It is on the Berks and Hants line in the south of England and is a very friendly place.
Railway type and traffic
Newbury is a very busy main line station. There are normally First Great Western 125s going through every 15 minutes on the two express lines, along with the sprinter services from London all the way down to Bristol and Plymouth. There are numerous freight trains through the day, mostly with the Hanson class 59 with a stone train.
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Newbury is a very busy location, one that has very little youth activity. There is a very low crime rate in Newbury, and the police patrol the area regularly. You are very unlikely to be mugged as it is a loud and vibrant town, with plenty of action.
When you reach Tot Hill Services on the A34, turn off and head down towards Newbury. When you reach the first roundabout, turn left 1st exit onto the A339. Follow the road round until you reach station road, where you turn into Newbury Station.
The light is generally good. In the spring and early summer, the sun can play havoc with your camera shot. The sun is through the footbridge, which can be known to reflect light. For the rest of the day, the sun is fine and there is plenty of shelter for you to go under if the rain comes. On platform 1, in the evening, the sun is low and so can go into the camera lens. I recommend that you go there if the train is going either way. It is a choice between a long curve and a straight track that leads down to Newbury Racecourse station. I have only shot steam and diesels from the curve. Platform 1 is the best, right down the end of the platform, heading towards London. It gives you an unrivalled view across the whole station. I like Newbury as they give you information like no other station. If you were unsure whether a special was coming through, the staff at Newbury can often explain if the train is on its way. The PA is very good, as he will often say what locomotive it is, with which stock, and a detailed, but not too boring history of the train.
Three liveries of class 59 can be encountered on stone trains: Aggregate Industries, Hanson, and DB Schenker, there is also an occasional GBRF 66 working and regular DBS 66 workings.
The options for mid-winter shots at the station are limited because of the cutting on the South in which the station is situated. Erection of electrification masts (and presumably demolition of the classic Great Western Footbridge) is very close at January 2017.
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