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Arley House Farm is located towards the Nuneaton end of the Birmingham-Nuneaton line in a rural environment.
Railway type and traffic
Local 'Central' units can be seen on the line, as can various freight workings, mainly DB Schenker and Freightliner.
This can also be a diversion route for the West Coast when the Coventry line is shut, with the electric trains being dragged with class 57 locomotives.
This location is a foot crossing between two fields. The field to the south of the line usually contains livestock, whereas to the north of the line is arable. It is a good ten minutes walk to the car, if the directions below are followed, so you might want to take some waterproofs with you if the weather looks a bit iffy as there is no cover.
Carrying on along the footpath, first to the north and then to the east you will come to over foot crossing (marked as a tunnel on the map), but this crossing has little to commend it, as it is on a rather tight curve.
From Nuneaton take the B4112 out westwards until you reach the village of Ansley. Once in the village take the left hand turn at the cross roads (which is actually over a tunnel over the line), and follow this road taking the first public right hand turn passed a 'village' called Hill Top. This ends in a T-junction, where it is possible to park on the verge. Then continue on foot.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Arley House Farm map co-ordinates
There is a large grass verge suitable for several vehicles at the T-junction just before the farm. There is also some parking under the bridge to the north of the farm.
From the parking, walk north towards several houses, between the houses you’ll find a stile and footpath between them. This can be overgrown with nettles in the summer so it is advisable to wear stout shoes, long trousers and carry a stick to beat them down. Do not be tempted to go through the farm yard – they keep big dogs! Once through the overgrown part of the path, you’ll come to several gates and then into the field. From here you should be able to see the crossing over the railway.
There are several buses from Nuneaton to Old Arley, including 1, 17, 17A and 717 routes, which is close to this location, with a 10 to 20 minute walk from the bus stop.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There are no amenities at the location, with the nearest town being Nuneaton.
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The line runs roughly north-east to south-west and the best shots are from the south side of the line in the morning for eastbound trains, and the north side of the line in the late afternoon and early evening for westbound trains. There is an acceptable shot from the south side for westbound trains in the afternoon, but there is not really a shot eastbound from the north side of the line.
General views - All photographs © Richard Tearle unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west
Taken from the south side of the line with an eastbound train from on top of the stile steps to gain a little height; taken in sunny conditions in July with a 40mm lens.
Fig 2 - Looking west
Taken from the north side of the line with an eastbound train, in sunny evening conditions with a 40mm lens.
Fig 3 - Looking east
Taken from the south side of the line with a westbound train, just as some cloud turned up, with a 50mm lens. This side has had some trees removed recently opening the shot up somewhat.
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