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A double tracked section of the Birmingham to Gloucester mainline, along the famous 1 in 37 Lickey Incline. The very popular location is a foot crossing on the south side of a narrow road underbridge.
Railway type and traffic
Half hourly Virgin Voyager services between Birmingham and the South West, 150s, 158s and 170s on Central Trains' Birmingham to Cardiff, Worcester and Hereford services
DB Schenker class 66s on coal trains to and from Rugely and Ironbridge power stations, and 60s and 66s on steel workings to and from South Wales. There is also a drs flask working that runs through the location.
Due to the steep bank, the heavier freight is assisted by a banking loco.
The location is a narrow area on either side of a foot crossing.
From the M42, Junction 1:
Follow the B4096 south through Lickey End and towards Burcot. Continue through the village and along the B4096, when you go under the railway line you have reached the loaction.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Lickey Bank, Vigo Bridge map co-ordinates
Parking is a problem at this location. There is a short dirt road leading to the location that would accommodate 3 or 4 cars, but given that there is no room to manoeuvre it is very much a 'last in, first out' so some care and good will is required to park at the location. The lane under the bridge may also provide a few passing spots to park but these would not be recommended. Other than that it will be parking a few hundred yards to the west on Alcester Road.
Diamond travel service 145 operates approximately every 90 minutes between Bromsgrove, Barnt Green and Kings Norton Station and stops in Burcot village. See Travel Line Midlands
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There are none at the location, but Bromsgrove should have anything you would need.
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The area on the parking side is quite small so steps would be handy to get you over the gallery that usually assembles when a special is due. On the other side there is a bit more room and you can head further north west down the foot path and get a more side on view. The shots of trains descending the bank are nothing spectacular and are harder to obtain due to the bridge parapets and line side signs.
Although the area is open country side with little noise, due to the large number of photographers that assemble there video soundtracks will often have photographers voices on them.
General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south west
The standard shot at the location of a train climbing the bank.
Fig 2 - Looking south west
Further up the bank.
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Fig 3 - Looking south west
From the other side of the line, but opposite the foot crossing.
Fig 4 - Looking south
From the field opposite the foot crossing.
Fig 5 - Looking south
From the field.
Fig 6 - Looking north east
From the same side of the line as fig 1 and 2, a train descending the bank. Note the sign.
Fig 7 - Looking north east
From the same side as fig 3-5.
A 'going away' shot of a train climbing the bank.
Fig 8 - The Location
This view shows the location with the photographers going for the fig 1 and 2 view. As can be seen the space is limited and steps are highly recommended.
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