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Written by Chris Nevard - 01 Apr 2004
last update by Mike Lucas - 02 Aug 2004
and by Russ Burrows - 11 Feb 2017
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Location notes
Part of the 'Berks & Hants' section of the Great Western Main line between Newbury and Westbury.

This section of line follows the Kennet & Avon Canal. A walk along the canal in both (Saveranke or Bedwyn) directions will usually reveal other picture taking possibilities. On nice days you will almost certainly bump into other railway photographers.
Railway type and traffic
Some First Great Western HST passenger trains. Various stone trains from the Mendip Quarries.
A couple of hours around lunchtime and early afternoon will usually allow half a dozen or so shots.
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RTT Link Crofton
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Countryside. Open landscape. Very safe. Only other people around are the occasional farmer (friendly), walkers and people on their canal boats. The excellent Crofton Beam Engine is nearby.
Road directions
From the M4, Junction 15:
Head south on the A346 towards Marlborough.and continue to the junction with the A338 at Burbage. At the roundabout take the third exit (signposted Hungerford) onto the A338 and continue into Crofton. Once in Crofton follow the tourist signs to the Beam Museum.

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Crofton map co-ordinates
Park by road (quiet) or pay and display opposite Crofton Beam Engine Station.
Public transport
A bus service is available from Pewsey station to Crofton Pumps. This is a Wigglybus service which runs regularly throughout the day Monday to Saturday.

The Wigglybus is an innovative rural bus service which has a core circular route but will leave it to drop off/pick up at Crofton Pumps, Pewsey station and other villages and hamlets as requested. Therefore advance booking is required otherwise it is a fair walk back! Call 01249 460600 or visit

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Cafe nearby at The Crofton Pump House.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Googly map
Streetmap links
Crofton general view map
Crofton close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary

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Photographic notes
Update 2017:The farm overbridge has been demolished but shots are still takeable for eastbound trains from the remaining mound.
The bridge (and several other spots in immediate area) on curve on near the old Crofton Beam Engine. Good views in both directions all day long. In the evening it is possible to get that glint shot (from bridge) when looking west. Most lens combinations will work. I have used 35mm to 400mm lenses.
You can keep walking east or west for several miles for even more picture opportunities. A fold-out canvas chair is a good accessory!
Links to photographs at this location

Chris Nevard's Gallery 1
Chris Nevard's Gallery 2

General views - All photographs © Chris Nevard unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 1 - Looking west

This view, and fig 2, are taken from a small farm track bridge

Fig 2 - Looking north east

Fig 2 - Looking north east

In the top left of this shot the Crofton Beam Engine chimney stack is visible.

Fig 3 - Looking north west

Fig 3 - Looking north west

The railway runs parallel to the Kennett & Avon Canal at this location. which is called 'Sam Farmer's Lock'

Fig 4 - Looking north west

Fig 4 - Looking north west

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