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Potbridge is an attractive location on the LSWR mainline between Hook & Winchfield.
Railway type and traffic
Most current 3rd rail electric trains - 450 Desiros and the remaining slam door stock along with class 159 and 170 diesel units.
There are also a few freights:
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays see Fawley-Holybourne tanks. There is the daily Hoo to Eastleigh engineers train along with a dusting of Intermodal & Enterprise trains supplimented by occasional stone/ballast train. If freight really is your thing you will find more activity west of Worting Junction.
A narrow country lane passing over 4 track section of the LSWR mainline. Very rural.
Westbound on A30 between Pheonix Green and Hook:
At end of dull carraigeway, Murrell Green look out for minor road (left) called Totters Lane (it is very narrow so beware of that milk lorry
). Follow lane for about 2/3rd of a mile (passing Totters Farm). The railway bridge is 100 yards or so past the farm. Nearest M3 Junctions are 5 & 4a.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Potbridge map co-ordinates
There are a couple spots either side of the railway bridge to safely pull over.
Nothing at location. There are several roadside pubs on the A30. The Phoenix at Phoenix Green about 2 miles away is supposed to be reasonable (not tried personally).
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Potbridge general view map
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The location's strongest feature is the view east towards Winchfield. The M3 and a minor dead end road span the line via two tall bridges, the latter bridge being particularly attractive. Winchfield Station and a pronounced change of gradient can be seen in the far distance through the bridges. On sunny days in the summer the down slow can be a little tricky to photograph (due to undergrowth) if you need to get onto the sunny side.
Open view of 4 track mainline, no problems with trees etc.
As with most locations these days a good telephoto will help enormously. Lenses of 200mm upwards really help pull the bridges closer when shooting east.
General views - All photographs © Chris Nevard unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east
Fig 2 - Looking west
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