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Written by Scott Turner - 26 Mar 2012
last update by Paul Udey - 15 Apr 2012
and by Matt Prosser - 16 Apr 2013
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Location notes
Sydney Gardens is situated in the centre of Bath. It is on the main London - Bristol route.
Railway type and traffic
FGW HSTs & 158 units can be seen throughout the day passing in both directions. Steam and Diesel hauled specials often pass here.
Freight services are limited although there is normally anything between 2 - 4 per day. This includes engineers, oil tanks, stone and sometimes diverted coal trains.
Sydney Gardens is a park with the main line running straight through. There is a low wall which offers excellent viewing of passing trains from a safe place. There are also two footbridges which cross the line and head towards the Kennett & Avon canal.
Road directions
From the A36 Warminster Road:
Turn left at a set of traffic lights, follow the road down the hill into Sydney Place and Sydney Gardens is on the right hand side. Parking is not a problem although you are only allowed one hour here.

From the A367 Wellsway:
Follow the road until you come to the railway viaduct, turn right here and follow the road towards Widcome. Go through Widcome towards the City Centre, you will approach a set of traffic lights which are underneath the railway line, go straight on here until you reach a roundabout. At this roundabout go straight ahead until the next set of traffic lights, turn right here and this takes you into Sydney Place. The location is on the right left.

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Sydney Gardens, Bath map co-ordinates
Parking can easily be found in the area although you have restrictions or you have to pay and display.
Public transport
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There are public toilets in Sydney Gardens and plenty of catering facilities in Bath City Centre.
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Photographic notes
The light is at its best from around 14:00 onwards. An ideal time for photographing the local waste train. There are shadows in the evenings which can be a pain but it does not cause to many problems.
If filming please we aware that this is a family park and there will often be children playing.

The proposed fence has now been put up. It is a 'wicket & wire' fence that is completely out of character with the location. You can peer over it but it does limit the scope of any shot. In particular any hope of getting a shot of a train in a park setting is spoilt. Nice location for a back wall and Victorian bridges though.

General views - All photographs © Scott Turner unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking North - Image � Matt Prosser

Fig 1 - Looking North - <i>Image  Matt Prosser</i>

Taken from the new fence line

Fig 1 - Looking north - Image � Paul Udey.

Fig 1 - Looking north - <i>Image  Paul Udey</i>.

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