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Written by John Turner - 30 Oct 2003
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Location notes
January 2015:
Copmanthorpe Crossing has been closed permanently and is now just an access point for Network Rail. Some shots are possible from the south side but its far from easy and nowhere near as good as it once was.
Moor Lane where the line side shots could be taken now has a large green fence alongside it.

About 7 miles south of York on the East Coast Main Line, just to the north of Colton Junction
Railway type and traffic
A variety of passenger and freight services pass through this location. Usually Virgin East Coast/Cross Country and a fair variety of freight.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Copmanthorpe
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A small village in rural North Yorkshire. The location is fairly off the beaten track.
Road directions
From the A64
Turn off at the junction with the A1237 which is signposted for Copmanthorpe and follow the signs into the village following the main road through.; Cross the railway by the (only) road over bridge and take the first right (almost turning back on yourself). Follow the lane parallel with the railway (heading SW) and follow into a rough track which leads away to the left from the railway. From this track take the first track to the right and this ends at an accommodation crossing.

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Copmanthorpe map co-ordinates
Road side parking at the location
Public transport
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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.

Googly map
Streetmap links
Copmanthorpe general view map
Copmanthorpe close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary

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Railway Gen Group
Yorkshire Rail
Photographic notes
The best time to photograph here is during the morning and into the early afternoon when the light is favourable.
Links to photographs at this location

53a Models Photo collection

General views - All photographs © John Turner unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Facing North towards York

Fig 1 - Facing North towards York

Fig 2 - Facing South towards Colton Junction

Fig 2 - Facing South towards Colton Junction

The reverse of fig 1.

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