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On the Great Western Main Line between Maidenhead and Reading.
Railway type and traffic
Frequent FGW services operated by HSTs and Class 165/166 Turbos.
Generally light freight traffic but a bit busier around lunchtime and early afternoon, mostly Mendip Rail stone trains, various DBS, Freightliner stone/cement and the GBRF scrap sleeper train.
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RTT Link Shottesbrooke Farm
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location so please check the page. This link will take you to what is happening 'around now'. Dates and times can be changed at the top of the page.
Open countryside, farm fields and the farm itself. The road is a rat-run but not very busy.
From the A4 between Reading and Maidenhead.
The turning into Bottle Lane is between the village of Knowl Hill and the roundabout for Burchetts Green. The road is signposted to Shottesbrook.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Shottesbrooke Farm map co-ordinates
There is parking by the bridge on the verge and in field gates. You are right by the bridge and there is no problem with the Farmer (Providing you move the car for him!)
There are several local public houses in White Waltham village, Knowl Hill and Littlewick Green.
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin
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Shottesbrooke Farm general view map
Shottesbrooke Farm close up map
Windows Local Live Link
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Railway Gen Group
January 2018 Appeal:
The Great Western Electrification continues expanding towards the south-west making most of the GWML shots west of Ealing on the site currently out of date. Please send in your new images of the old locations with the overhead mast and wires in place so people can see how the locations have changed.
The light is good from 0900 - until the sun crosses the line at around 1600. Then it becomes problematic. Up main and relief good for all types of photography. Down lines need telephoto lens due adjacent signal gantry.
Would be very good for video due to the dead straight track for a good way in each direction.. There is a local airfield at White Waltham which can sometimes get noisy with light aircraft and helicopters coming and going.
This location re-opened in April 2012 after the bridge had been raised and re-built for the GWML electrification. There is a now a narrow pavement on either side and brick walls about 5ft high. Would recommend a small step ladder or similar equipment. The combination of the raised bridge and higher sides results in shots being taken 3-4ft higher than in the past. This makes the London side easier as the signal gantry can be overcome with a modest degree of telephoto.
General views - All photographs © Kevin Lee unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west - Image © Peter Lovell.
Fig 2- Looking east - Image © Peter Lovell.
Fig 3 - Looking east - Image © Peter Lovell.
Fig 4 - Looking west
The up main.
Fig 5 - Looking west
The up relief
Fig 6 - Looking west
The up main after the sun has crossed the line in the afternoon.
Fig 7 - Looking east
The down main.
Fig 8 - The rebuilt bridge - Image © Peter Lovell.
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