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The location is situated just to the north of Crawford village, not far from the M74. The West Coast Main Line crosses over the River Clyde on its decent from Beattock summit for down trains and on its ascent for up trains, therefore southbound trains are working hard to achieve the climb whilst northbound are having a somewhat easier time.
Railway type and traffic
Virgin units, both diesel and electric varieties with the remains of the loco. hauled Euston - Glasgow at the time of writing. DB Schenker diesel and electric hauled freight, DRS activity and Freightliner trains including FHH hoppers, boxes and automotive.
Almost in the centre of the village by the side of a football pitch and near a children\'s playpark. You are protected from the footbal pitch by a tall wire mesh fence from errant shots at goal but it is worth keeping a eye on events on the field of play especially if using a tripod.
From the M74, Junction 14:
Take the second exit from the roundabout onto the A702. At the T junction turn left onto the B7076 signposted Crawford and Abington. After about one mile turn right onto an unclassified road signposted Crawford, continue through the village until you see a children's playground on your right. Turn right here down a small dead end road with the football pitch on your left.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Beattock Bank, Crawford Village map co-ordinates
Ample parking at the end of the dead end road, or in the large village car park just across the main road.
Bus services serve the village. Follow the road directions on foot to gain the vantage point.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There are village shops and public toilets are available, along with Abington Services on the nearby motorway.
Bed and Breakfast available in Crawford and the services in Abington offer accommodation.
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Beattock Bank, Crawford Village
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Better in the afternoon when the light has moved behind you. There is little warning of oncoming trains for videographers but with the good old fashioned still camera there is ample time to compose and shoot. If using a tripod be wary that something does not come the otherway!
General views - All photographs © Peter Kellett unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2- Looking south
Fig 3 - Looking east
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