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Written by Richard Allen - 22 Sep 2006
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Location notes
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.
Environment
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.
Road directions
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
Parking
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.
Public transport
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 site.
Amenities
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.
Accommodation
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.
Sun Compass
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.
Elton and Orston Station

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Streetmap links
Elton and Orston Station general view map
Elton and Orston Station close up map

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Elton and Orston Station



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Photographic notes
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.


General views - All photographs Richard Allen unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east


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