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Written by Steven Wakefield - 07 Mar 2004
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Location notes
On the Edinburgh - Glasgow mainline, between Linlithgow and Polmont, at the point where the preserved line from Bo'ness links up.
Railway type and traffic
There are 6 passenger trains per hour in each direction. Four trains each hour from Edinburgh to Glasgow (and vice versa) and two trains an hour between Edinburgh and Dunblane (and vice versa).
EDB-GQS timetable: Adobe Acrobat format
EDB/GQS-Stirling/Dunblane: Adobe Acrobat format
There's also the East Coast Highland Chieftan and the Caledonian Sleeper to/from Inverness.
Freight - MGRs from Mossend/Hunterston to Longannet.

Also, being at the reception siding for the Bo'ness and Kinneil railway, it is be possible to photograph one of there railtour ECS moves, which swaps from DB Schenker to preserved traction, or vice versa, here. See The SRPS website for details of railtour days.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Whitecross, Manuel Junction
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A quite and rural location in Falkirk.
Road directions
From the M9 junction 3 Bo'ness and Linlithgow:
Turn left towards Linlithgow (A803) continue on the A803 through Linlithgow and into Linlithgow Bridge, pass the A825 for Whitecross and take the next road from the left (also for Whitecross). Continue up this B road until you pass over the railway at the location.

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Whitecross, Manuel Junction map co-ordinates
On street, next to bridge.
Public transport
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Sainsbury's and Sommerfield supermarkets are located in Linlithgow Bridge which is about 2 miles to the east.
There is also a pub (The Bridge Inn) which caters for bar meals.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Whitecross, Manuel Junction

Googly map
Streetmap links
Whitecross, Manuel Junction general view map
Whitecross, Manuel Junction close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
Whitecross, Manuel Junction

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Photographic notes
Best results are looking west in the morning , looking east from the late afternoon. Though satisfactory results are possible in both directions.

Care must be taken, as the location is on a narrow over bridge with no pavement and traffic passes very close by.

General views - All photographs © Steven Wakefield unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 1 - Looking east

Towards Edinburgh

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

Towards Glasgow.

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

The Bo'ness reception siding.

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