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Evesham is located in the south-west Midlands and is an important market town situated on the River Avon. It is on the Oxford to Worcester line and the station currently is the location of one of the passing loops on this largely single-track route. This may change over the next few years if a proposal to re-double the lines comes to fruition.
Railway type and traffic
The majority of traffic consists of hourly class 180 Adelantes on Paddington to Worcester/Hereford services with occasional FGW 165s making an appearance.
Other traffic comprises movements to and from Long Marston and has produced classes 31, 37, 45, 47, 60 and 66 from various TOCs, the trains being formed of redundant stock, locomotives, wagons, vans going for either storage or repair and maintenance.
Serco traffic also makes regular visits on a roughly 3 monthly cycle. As this is a largely single-track line, timing of special traffic can be modified through late running of FGW services.
There is no timetabled freight so a visit for locomotive-hauled traffic is only worth the journey when a movement is known about in advance.
The bridge immediately to the north-west of the station is on a narrow but quite busy road in the outskirts of the town. It appears to be safe during the day with local pedestrians being friendly. It is also possible to photograph from the road bridge at the eastern end of the station and on the station itself although shadows can be a problem.
Evesham is about 20 minutes from Junction 9 of the M5 and just off the A46 from the Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham directions.
The station is on the north-west side of the town on the B4624 from the A46/A44 island and the road bridge is on an unclassified road accessed, if coming from the north, by turning right just beyond a Tesco superstore. If coming from the M5 go through the town centre, turn left at the traffic lights by the station road bridge.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Evesham, Briar Close Bridge map co-ordinates
Although the road on which the over bridge is situated has no parking restrictions it is very narrow and is used by HGVs from a nearby industrial estate so is best avoided. The police have been known to request drivers to move their cars from this road to avoid obstruction.
Parking is easiest on the B4624 by the houses on the left (if coming from the traffic light direction). This is only a 2 minute walk from the bridge.
Evesham station has regular trains from London via Oxford, and from Worcester where connections from the south-west and Birmingham are available.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There are no facilities in the immediate vicinity but there is a Tescos nearby and the station has a cafe and lavatories. Evesham town centre is only a few minutes walk away and has plenty of retail food and drink outlets.
Evesham has plenty of hotels and Bed and Breakfasts.
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For trains from the Worcester direction the sun is best from late morning to early afternoon. It is possible to photograph train coming from the Oxford direction but the angles are tight and vegetation casts shadows.
The best bet is to stand on the narrow grass verge looking towards Worcester and shoot as trains approach the lower quadrant semaphore signal. A longish lens will give a good view of the signal box or something wider will allow you to include a lower-quadrant bracket signal.
Cars and lorries using the industrial estate can be a nuisance if you are fussy about such things being in your pictures!
It can be good for video as trains move towards the station although road traffic can be intrusive. The station itself is probably better for video.
General views - All photographs © Peter Tandy unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west
Fig 2 - Looking north west
Fig 3 - Looking south east
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