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A road bridge crossing the Marylebone - Aylesbury line about a third of a mile south of Princes Risborough station. The line is in a wide cutting with trees and broadly on a north-south axis with some curves. Part of Princes Risborough station is just visible to the north. On the south side the two running lines are some way apart and diverge to go separate ways over Saunderton summit. There is a connection to enable northbound trains to access the up (London) line.
Railway type and traffic
The main traffic is Chiltern Railways DMUs (eg Class 165/168 on services from Marylebone). A few of the rush hour and mainline services to Birmingham Moor Street are Class 67 and DVT with the loco normally at the south end.
Regular 'binliner's with Freightliner 66/5 (about two return trips a day) and some occasional engineers spent ballast to the landfill site at Calvert.
A pleasant urban location at the southern edge of Princes Risborough, on the border with Saunderton. The bridge is on a crossroads and there is a regular flow of fairly slow traffic. The bridge is quite wide with waist high retaining sides.
From High Wycombe proceed up the A4010. Note the turning for Saunderton station. Continue for 2.5 miles until the road stops climbing. Take the left hand turn signposted 'Horsenden'. Stay on this road until you see the bridge.
From Princes Risborough follow the signs out of the town to the station. When it turns 90 degree right, carry on until you reach the bridge.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Horseden Lane,Princes Risborough map co-ordinates
There is some rough grass on the east side of the bridge.
The walk from Princes Risborough Station takes about 10-15 minutes. Walk down the station drive and then turn right (Picts Lane) until you reach the bridge.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
No facilities in immediate vicinity. Local facilities in Princes Risborough town centre about 20 minutes walk away.
None in immediate vicinity. Aylesbury might offer wider choice.
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Being on a north south axis the location offers reasonable views of southbound trains for most of the day. A telephoto will let you use capture the curve at the station. The trees in the near vicinity of the bridge cause shadows in the early morning and evening.
Because of the sun views of northbound trains are best in the morning. In the afternoon or evening the sun is better for the southbound line, offering a going away shot. However trains that terminate at Princes Risborough or need to access the Aylesbury branch (binliners) will cross over from the down to the up line just in front of the bridge. Freights and trains that stop at Princes Risborough would offer the best opportunities for videos.
General views - All photographs © Peter Lovell unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking south
Fig 3 - Looking north
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