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Barway is a village in the middle of the fens, a couple of miles from either Ely or Soham in Cambridgeshire.It is on the single track Bury St Edmunds to Ely line.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger services are ONE units: either 150, 156 or 170s.
Freight trains are normally Container trains to and from Felixstowe or Harwich, although other types do feature.
Barway Crossing is in open fields. Barway village has only one road in and out. Located in the village is a large vegetable processing and packing factory, so expect large numbers of Artics to thunder past you. Barway also has a bus company (Leroy's A&P Travel) so expect older double deckers at school times. The only building is the crossing keepers cottage, and a few barns. There are several lay-bys to park in.
Take the A142 from Ely (the road past the station) towards Newmarket. After a couple of miles you will see a right turn to Barway. Keep going straight, and you will find yourself at the crossing.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Barway Crossing map co-ordinates
In the lay-bys
Take the Stagecoach X12 (Cambridge - Newmarket - Ely) and alight at the turning on the main road.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There is nothing at the site and Barway village has no shops at all. The nearest facilities are in either Soham or Ely.
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Trains heading in the Ely direction provide the best angle from this location. There is also a side road to Soham that turns off by the Crossing. You can either walk or drive down this road to get a picture of south/east bound traffic.
General views - All photographs © David Beardmore unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south east
Fig 2 - Looking west - Image © Brian Carter
As a slight alternate location, the occupation crossing just to the south east of the AHB crossing. As you can see, the lineside is completely clear and you can, if you want, get an even less head-on angle (but the railway is slightly raised). The view the other way is very similar, but a mirror image.
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