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Swinton station is a small 3 platform station located on the main North East-South West route in South Yorkshire. Here, the lines come from Sheffield/Chesterfield and diverge with one going to Leeds/York, and the other to Doncaster.
There are signals at the end of each platform which remain at red until something is coming.
There is a freight line visible behind some trees that avoids the station completely. Some freight to/from the Doncaster direction goes this way and misses out Swinton station.
Railway type and traffic
Quite a few stopping passenger trains, the majority operated by Northern and consisting mainly of classes 142, 144, 150 and 158. In addition to this, TPExpress' class 185s pass through, as do CrossCountry voyagers and their HSTs, and in the morning an evening there are EMT HST services to/from Leeds.
DB Schenker and Freightliner also pass through regularly with the main flows being coal, steel, stone, engineers trains and container traffic, plus various light engine moves from Toton, Doncaster, Barrow Hill, Midland Road etc.
Swinton is a town area, the station can get quite busy at times but you should not have any problems, it is quite peaceful during daylight hours.
I would not recommend stopping too late after dark though.
Swinton station is well signposted just of the A6022 main road that runs between Mexborough and Rawmarsh.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Swinton Station map co-ordinates
There is a good car park at the station - it is an SYPTE Interchange. No payment required.
Swinton is served by a half hourly train service from Doncaster, an hourly service from Leeds and 3 trains per hour from Sheffield.
Plenty of local bus services that pick up/drop off right outside the station.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There are toilets in the booking office at the station (7am-7pm weekdays - it is open on Sat/Sun at reduced hours).
Turning right outside the station the 1st left you will find a Chippy, Pizza, Indian takaways plus a pub that serves food too.
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Swinton Station general view map
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You can shoot in any direction. Looking north you will have to be on the ramp coming from the metal footbridge, and southbound from the bottom of any platform, which offers a good view but there is a signal directly at the end of the platform.
Videoing should not be a problem from the end of platforms 2/3, plenty of room for tripods.
General views - All photographs © Thomas Curry unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking south - Image © Andy Squires
Fig 3 - Looking north
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