New Mobile Site
We have just launched a new mobile version of this site - m.trainspots
. This page will use your smart device's GPS to loctate you and guide you to locations that are close to your present location.
Ashton is a small village between Milton Keynes and Northampton, off the A508. This location is on a public footpath / private road over the West Coast Mainline, before the junction at Roade, so both local and mainline traffic can be viewed from here.
Railway type and traffic
Plenty of Virgin Anglo-Scottish to London and Midlands express passenger services. London Midland run the slower rural passenger services. Passenger services are worked totally by units - 390 Pendolinos, 350 Desiros.
There is also a wide mix of freight, by the likes of DB Schenker and Freightliner, and the odd DRS flask train in the early morning or evening.
The location is an over-bridge over the line on the outskirts of the village, with only a farm and new factory in the area.
From the A508, from either Northampton or Milton Keynes. Take the exit marked Ashton and follow the road into the village then turn left. Head out of the village, opposite the pub, the location access is the first 'road' to the right.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Ashton map co-ordinates
It is possible to drive across the bridge, and park on the west side of the bridge, if you are careful not to block access to the fields. It is also possible to park on the road opposite the bridge, as this is on a quiet road.
MK Metro operate services 86 and 87 between Milton Keynes and Northampton that stops in Ashton. Stagecoach Northants also operate service 37 from Northampton, serving Ashton.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There are no amenities at the site. The village of Ashton has a post office and general store, and a pub offering food during the day.
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.
Ashton general view map
Ashton close up map
Windows Local Live Link
- image quality may vary
Who likes this location on facebook
Railway Gen Group
The line is running north-south here, so photography follows the normal WCML rules, i.e. fine for northbound services, but troublesome for southbound shots. Both sides of the bridge can be used for a variety of shots.
General views - All photographs © Richard Tearle unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south east
Fig 2 - Looking north
Fig 3 - Looking north east
Fig 4 - Looking south west
All information contained within this is site is � Trainspots. The images used on this site remain the property of the original photographer, as credited at the top of the page, and are used with their kind permission.
The information on these pages is supplied for the benefit of railway enthusiasts who carry out a harmless hobby, and through the medium of photography and video, actually promote the railway industry. Railway enthusiasts can also act as eyes and ears against railway vandalism, and as such should surely be encouraged to do so by the supply of adequate information such as is found on this website.
This site has been created to assist railway photographers in their travels around the country. It is based on the personal knowledge and experience. No liability can be held against the web site or its contributions for incorrect information. Trainspots will endeavour to check all information and corrections will be accepted and posted accordingly.
Advice as to the locations general environment is given as a guide on each page. This information is a GUIDE only. ALWAYS be careful with your equipment, Trainspots can not be held responsible for your personal security. Avoid leaving your property on display for all to see, be aware of your surroundings at all times. There are, sadly, people who will not think twice about trying to steal your equipment.
Trainspots DOES NOT condone trespass and none of the information on this site should be taken as a right to trespass on either railway or private land. To the best of our knowledge all locations are publicly accessible areas, where they are not contact information will be given to the appropriate authority for permission to be obtained.
The content of this site is created and intended for all age ranges but the content of sites linked from this site are not subject to the same intentions. Trainspots will attempt to check links for validity but as time passes and the site grows this will not always be possible. Broken, or indeed updates to, links should be submitted to the editor for inclusion in the updates. All links external to the Trainspots site are opened in a new browser window. Trainspots has been running now for over 10 years and there are imitation sites and guides to railfotspots. But we are a free site and we continue on the path we started out on over a decade ago to provide a useful guide to UK Railway Photographic Locations.