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Kegworth is on the Midland Mainline, close to East Midlands Airport, between Loughborough and Sheet Stores Junction, Long Eaton.
Railway type and traffic
The line here is a 4-track mainline.
Traffic consists of various Central Trains DMUs on local stopping services (Mainly class 156), Midland Mainline HSTs and class 222 DEMUs on express services from London St. Pancras to the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.
Freight is mainly DB Schenker 66s and 60s on stone and coal workings, as well as the odd FL 66.
Also, at the time of writing (September 2007), regular moves of HST power cars from FGW to Brush Traction at Loughborough were taking place which passthis location, usually hauled by a Cotswold Rail class 47.
The location is a road bridge across the line. Traffic is not too heavy, but beware as the pavement is narrow. There is no pavement on the South side of the bridge.
Being only a couple of miles from East Mids Airport, planes regularly pass just to the South of the bridge.
From the M1, junction 24:
Follow the A6 towards Kegworth for around 1/2 a mile. Then take the first left, into Side Ley, and keep going for around 1 1/4 miles, heading towards Sutton Bonington. This will bring you right to the bridge, which is on Station Road.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Kegworth map co-ordinates
There are a number of side roads in which you can park a car.
There is a bus which passes right over this bridge - there is a stop approximately 50 yards to the West, outside the Railway Inn pub. Trent Barton service 'Rainbow 5'
serves the location, from Loughborough to Nottingham - catch it from either Long Eaton station or Loughborough town centre.
At the time of writing, an all day ticket valid on all Trent Barton services after 9am is £4.20, although single/return tickets may be cheaper.
The location is also about 1 1/2 miles walk from East Midlands Parkway. Come out of the station on the main road and cross the A453 and follow 'Kegworth Road' south until the T junciton with 'Station Road' where you turn left and follow this road to the location.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There is a pub right next to the bridge - the Station Hotel. Apart from this, the nearest shops are in either Kegworth village centre, which has a Co-op etc, or Sutton Bonington.
The Station Hotel is literally yards away:
The Station Hotel,
Telephone: 01509 672252
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There is only really a shot here for southbound (Up) trains - there is no pavement on the other side of the road, and in any case the sun precludes shooting Northbound trains for much of the day.
The line runs roughly North-South. Facing North, the lines are: (Left to right) DF-UF-DS-US
Light is best from mid morning until mid to late afternoon. It is worth standing in the middle of the bridge, in between the Fast and Slow lines - this gives you enough warning to get into position when anything comes - you can see around 2 miles so plenty of time to move if necessary depending where the sun happens to be.
Although the road could not be considered busy, road noise may be a problem for video. Also, aircraft pass within a few hundred yards to the South heading to East Midlands Airport.
General views - All photographs © Justin Buckley unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking north
Fig 3 - Looking south
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