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In a fairly busy area close to the centre of York, alongside the River Ouse.
Railway type and traffic
Just outside York station on the York-Scarborough line, First Transpennine Express Class 158s (soon to be 185s) and Northern Class 144/156s regularly pass. There are frequent railtours (many steam-hauled) during the summer months. There is virtually no freight to speak of, apart from engineering trains during possessions. The ECML is also close by, but vegetation prevents virtually any opportunity for photography.
The area consists chiefly of low towpaths and higher footpaths/grass verges on either side of the river. The area is not well-lit, so is best frequented during daylight hours. It is in a residential area close to the city centre. There is little shelter, so be prepared for the possibility of inclement weather.
The railway station and National Railway Museum are clearly signposted on all routes into the city. The location is just a few minutes' walk away.
From outside the station, walk along Station Road in the direction of the Minster (you can't miss it
), following the road until you reach Station Avenue, then Museum Street (you should pass under the historic city walls). Along Museum Street, before you cross the River Ouse, there are steps at the end of the city wall that lead down to the river. Head away from the Museum Street bridge and within a couple of minutes you will come to the railway bridge.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location York, Ouse Bridge map co-ordinates
There are car parks for both the railway station and National Railway Museum within a short (few minutes') walking distance.
Simply take any local bus service to the railway station. If you are travelling from further afield take the train to York station.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
The nearest toilets are in the railway station, approx. 5 minutes walk away. As for food and drink, York City centre is only a short journey on foot and has many eateries and pubs.
There are many places to stay within York, though it would be best to book ahead, particularly during the summer months.
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With four vantage points, you can easily pick the best location depending on the time of day. If you need to get across to the other side of the river, there is thankfully a footbridge across the Ouse, adjacent to the railway bridge. Unfortunately, a very large tree on the south bank of the Ouse restricts some of the view from the west. The best views from the south are to be had on the grass verge - if you need a step up, there are some benches and picnic tables.
General views - All photographs © Rich Mackin unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east
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