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This area is located on the Midland Mainline, where you will see plenty of rail traffic. Flitwick is the nearest town with Bedford as the main city in the area.
Railway type and traffic
You will see plenty of Midland Trains and First Capital Connect traction with the occasional freight. The usual traffic are Class 319 EMU's on local workings with HTSs and Class 222 on the express trains.
The area near the tunnels are pure farmland/forest and is a very quiet place (except for the slight hum from the power lines) You shouldn't expect to disturb anyone, and even if you see someone, they're very friendly. They may ask if a steam special is coming by. If you're interested in farm's, the estate at Park Farm is something to photograph.
From the A6, take the B530 to Millbrook Road. Take a left then continue until you cross over a bridge, that is the Midland main line. Continue about 1/4 mile until you see a dirt track to the left. Turn and follow the dirt road until you see a green bridge (caution, this road is riddled with potholes be careful when driving on it). Park up. This is the place.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Ampthill Tunnels map co-ordinates
There's an abundance of parking available at this location. In fact there's a nice place to tuck your car in, out of sight and not block anything. There's an access gate used by Network Rail, so just make sure you are clear of it.
You can try and see if there are any amenities in Millbrook, otherwise, the nearest place would be in Flitwick.
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The place is better suited for shots on cloudy days or during the summer months since the tunnels are to the south. There are trees on all sides so shadows can cast a problem on sunny days. Centenary can also pose an interesting challenge, but thankfully, this area have proper spacing so photography is easier. It's highly suggested you bring some steps so you have an easier time looking over the fence. If you don't have steps, that's ok, the fence is low enough to where you can see over it in a few places. Since this area is so quiet, videography is ideal.
General views - All photographs © Carlos Ferran unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking south
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