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A rural location on the edge of Great Cheverell village, about mid-way between Westbury and Pewsey. Fields adjacent the line are mostly pastureland for sheep and horses. The village is edged by wooded hills on the south, giving a pleasant backdrop to photographs.
Railway type and traffic
Great Cheverell is on the 'Berks & Hants' route, the ex-GWR main line from Reading to Taunton. In addition to regular West of England HST services, the route sees significant volumes of aggregates traffic from the Mendip quarries at Whatley and Merehead. There is also some traffic to and from Theale near Reading, including a Freightliner aggregates working from South Wales and, when engineering work affects the GWML via Didcot, Class 60-hauled TEA fuel tanks from Robeston refinery.
The location is on the edge of a pretty and relatively unspoilt village surrounded by farmland. This is a safe area and passers-by are likely to be local dog-walkers or equestrians.
Most folk reach Great Cheverell from Westbury or Lavington on the B3098 from which the village is clearly signposted. From High Street, turn left onto a lane known as The Green: the Trainspot is the bridge that takes this lane over the railway.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Great Cheverell map co-ordinates
Park on The Green, ideally not too close to the bridge as it is slightly 'hump backed' and you may impair drivers' visibility of on-coming traffic. The road is quiet but does see occasional large agricultural vehicles so park well to the side.
The attractive, 18th Century, Bell Inn on High Street offers food and there are village shops here and at nearby Earlestoke. Other than those in the pub, there are no toilets nearby.
The Bell Inn offers also accommodation at aronnd £85 for an en-suite double room, B&B.
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The line runs broadly east-west through Great Cheverell, with an attractive curve. Photography is best for up trains in the morning and down trains in the afternoon. The over bridge to the west that takes Cheverell Road over the line is also a good location photographically (both directions) but as this road is much busier, it is a much less pleasant place to stand. Fig 3 with 60013, is looking east from the Cheverell Road bridge.
General views - All photographs © Glen Batten unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east
Fig 2 - Looking west
Fig 3 - Looking east
From the Cheverell Road bridge to the west, visible in the background of fig 1.
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