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This location is on a footbridge across the EWS’s Hinksey yard and the Great Western between London and Birmingham.
Railway type and traffic
Mainly units such as Voyagers, and Diesel - Networkers, Turbostars and sometimes a few steam trains on special occasions.
Various freight trains, predominantly 66 hauled, including numerous Freightliner trains to/from Southampton. Infrastructure trains can be photographed arriving to and departing from the yard.
The location is a rather exposed footbridge that first crosses a large lake and then over the yard. Should the elements close in it’s a 10 minute walk to get cover. The footbridge is a popular location for young families with the irresistible attraction of “choo choos” and “quack quacks”.
Easiest access is via the A34 exiting at the Kennington exit and following directions of the A4144 and Oxford City Centre. Once on this road, on the left you should see a number of little roads full of Victorian terraces. Drive down any one of these roads, and find parking, see below.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Oxford, New Hinskey map co-ordinates
Oxford is notorious for it’s parking, but a number of roads near this location are free parking, and finding a place isn’t usually a problem. Watch out for “Permit Parking” zones which are for residents only. The roads to the south of Vicarage Road aren’t “Permit Parking”, where as this road and those to the north are. Another alternative is to park in the Rebridge Park and Ride and walk to the location.
Once you’ve found parking, head for Wytham Street or Vicarage Road on foot and you’ll see access to the bridge (and park and footpath to Oxford City Centre.)
There are numerous buses serving Abingdon Road from both the city centre and Redbridge Park and Ride. More information can be found Oxford Bus
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Oxford city centre is around a half hour walk, but there are numerous buses along the Abingdon road taking you into the centre. There are also local shops along this road as well.
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As the line is roughly north-west by south-east, this location is better in the afternoon where you can get a more traditional three-quarters view of southbound trains. Getting the right side for the sun in the morning can be troublesome due to the tight nature of the line and trees. In the summer northbound evening views should be possible.
For wagon modellers there are ample opportunity to get overhead detail shots of the many varying infrastructure wagons that are typically found in the yard.
General views - All photographs © Richard Tearle unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
From the west side of the line looking north. The running lines are the two far lines, with the nearer lines forming loops in the yard. This was taken on a cloudy February morning with an 85mm lens.
Fig 2 - Looking south
From the west side of the line looking south. This was taken on a cloudy February morning with an 85mm lens.
Fig 3 - Looking south
From the east side of the line looking south, also showing the south part of the yard and the resident shunter. This was taken on a cloudy February morning with an 85mm lens.
Fig 4 - Looking north
From the east side of the line looking north, also showing the north part of the yard and the fence that divides the yard. Note that the two nearest lines are the running lines. This was taken on a cloudy February morning with an 85mm lens.
Fig 5 - Looking north
A view behind the large fence that runs the length of the northern part of the yard. In this area wagons are loaded with ballast. This shot is pointing northwards, and was taken on a cloudy February morning with an 85mm lens.
Fig 6 - Looking south
A view showing a class 66 on an infrastructure train waiting to head south. This was taken from the far east side of the footbridge pointing south, and was taken on a cloudy February morning with an 85mm lens.
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