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Near to Thatcham station, a quiet level crossing which leads into a business park.
Railway type and traffic
Berks and Hants mainline from Reading to Exeter. Expect Intercitys, Adelantes (180s), and Thames Trains 165s.
DB Schenker and Hanson freights.
A level crossing and footbridge, a very quiet area, some noise from the business park depending on the time you go there. No people around when I have been.
I park by the telephone box, you can see the car from the footbridge and there are never people around really. Also the signal box overlooks the crossing so any suspicious sorts would be seen hanging around.
Nearest hotel or Bed and Breakfast would most likely be Newbury which is not far away.
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Colthrop Level Crossing
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Colthrop Level Crossing
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Update 2016: This bridge has been demolished as part of the GWML Electrification program.
You will get the most warning of trains coming from Reading as the line is long and straight in that direction, trains coming from Westbury/Thatcham direction are not in view long before reaching the crossing, which will give you warning when it closes. Plenty of good photos to be had from the bridge and also looking head on at the crossing.
Update: There is now a large lamp post on the S W corner of the crossing (opposite side of the line to the signal box) which can get in the shot.
General views - All photographs © Tony Rispoli unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west
Fig 2 - Looking east
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