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Written by Mark Bearton - 15 Jan 2005
last update by Paul Davis - 20 Mar 2005
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Location notes
Moreton Cutting lies about a mile east of Didcot Parkway on the Great Western Main Line.
Railway type and traffic
Traffic is very varied at Moreton with passenger traffic provided by First Great Western and Thames Trains which provide a fairly intensive service of 43(HST's), 165, 166, 180 and also on occasions loco hauled 47 or 57 workings.
The bridge is on a fairly busy road and is relatively narrow. The view both ways is excellent, to the west giving an uninterrupted view towards Didcot Parkway Station.
Road directions
From Didcot Parkway turn left and head along station lane, follow the road alongside the railway until it comes to a roundabout and turn left. The road (B4016) will turn to the left and dive under the GWML and come to a roundabout. Turn Right and follow the road (A4130 This is the main Didcot Ring Road) to another roundabout where you go straight on, about 300 yards up the road is a turning on you right. Follow the road until it crosses the railway on the bridge.

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Moreton Cutting West map co-ordinates
The bridge is narrow so you will need to park away carefully on the lane. There is an entry on the north side. you can use this providing you leave space for engineers vehicles.
Public transport
Turn left out of Didcot station. Follow the road alongside the line to the east. When the road finally turns north under the railway, there is a footpath on the south side of the line. Follow this and it will bring you to the road crossing the bridge.

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No amenities around the bridge however there is a fairly new Tesco's on the route from Didcot.

03-05 update - PD
There is now a large Sainsburys located near the location. There is a Caf� in the Sainsburys and it overlooks the eastern end of Didcot Parkway approach - all traffic using Didcot East Junction can be seen from the caf� (ie on the avoiding curve and through the station) . EWS livery locos can be eyeballed although 'viewing aids' may be required for locos or units with smaller numbers.
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Moreton Cutting West

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Photographic notes
The line is nearly East-West so in the morning and early afternoon it is good stuff heading East and in the afternoon-evening for traffic heading west.

General views - All photographs © Mark Bearton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 1 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking east

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