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Knottingley is east of Leeds in the heart of the Yorkshire Coal Fields. The location is on the line east from Knottingley to Drax and Eggborough Power Stations, and onto Goole.
Railway type and traffic
The passenger service to Goole is very infrequent. There is however an intensive service of coal trains operated by both DB Schenker and Freightliner serving the Power Stations.
The level crossing is on a farm track just east of the end of the built up area of Knottingley. It is surrounded by fields, though there are factories to the north and the houses to the west. It is a very quiet location, the crossing itself being disused.
From the M62, Junction 33:
Turn north onto the A1 for one junction onto the A645. At the top of the slip road, turn left and follow the road through the town, passing both the station and the shops on the right. The road narrows between houses and near the end of the town there is a triangular junction on the right. Take this road which narrows more into a lane towards the factories. Keep right just before the Factory gate and where the lane turns left to parallel the perimeter wall there is a rough farm track heading straight on to the crossing.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Knottingley, Blackburn Lane map co-ordinates
The farmtrack is full of pot-holes but can be used with care. There is space to park by the crossing as no other traffic uses this track.
The are no facilities around the crossing, however there is a range of shops and two Fish and Chip shops in Knottingley itself.
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Knottingley, Blackburn Lane
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The line runs roughly east-west, so the sun will be on the front of trains heading west towards Knottingley up until late morning, before favouring the other direction, towards Goole. The line in the distance curves from the north-east and drops sharply from the east approaching the crossing giving good views of westbound empty coal trains approaching.
These regularly come to a stand at the signal by the crossing so is ideal for videoing. Shots the other way are slightly restricted by line side vegetation, though decent line side shots are still possible.
General views - All photographs © Mark Bearton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east
Fig 2 - Looking west
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