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A very quiet unstaffed station on the Nottingham - Grantham line. Nearest town is Bingham but this is quite small; nearest major centres are Grantham, Newark and Nottingham.
Railway type and traffic
Mainly DMUs on the Liverpool - Norwich and Nottingham - Grantham - Skegness services. Class 170s dominate but 153s, 156s and 158s can also be seen.
Very few freights; mainly to/from Boston Docks.
Very rural location. The station platforms are in a cutting with a road over bridge at the west end; this gives the best views but shots are also possible from the platforms. The area is very quiet, so unlikely to be any problems with personal safety.
From the Grantham direction, take the A52 towards Nottingham. When you get to the village of Elton (by a pub/restaurant), turn right into a minor road signposted 'Orston'. The station is about 1/2 mile beyond on the right and there is an approach drive in which you can park. From the Nottingham direction, turn left off the A52 onto the same road. Elton and Orston Station map co-ordinates
There is an approach drive and space for car parking at the station. It is very rural so no expected problems; in addition, you can see your car from the station or the road bridge.
Very few trains stop at this station; there is, however, an hourly bus service (55) from Newark to Bingham that passes the station. Details from the Nottinghamshire County Council - Traffic and Travel
None in immediate the area. There is a pub/restaurant in Elton, and a general store and a pub in Orston (each about 1/2 mile away); otherwise Aslockton village (about 2 miles away) has more facilities, or you need to go to Bingham or Grantham.
Not in the area, but there is plenty of accommodation in Nottingham. There are also a number of motels on the A1, which is a few miles to the east.
Where on the map
The line is in a cutting to the west of the station but opens out onto flat land to the east. Good views can be had from the over bridge looking in either direction; as the line is straight, approaching trains can be seen from some distance away. The station platforms are also good for photography. The road sees little traffic, so there is little background noise. As the line runs east-west, the best views are in the middle of the day; at the beginning and end of the day you will be back-lit in one direction. In mid-winter, the cutting is likely to be in shadow.
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Fig 1 - Looking west
Fig 2 - Looking east
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