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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 10 Dec 2007
last update by Marcus Dawson - 30 Jun 2009
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Location notes
The village of Great Bowden is a suburb of Market Harborough. The Midland Mainline runs through here, and is about half way between Leicester and Wellingborough.
Railway type and traffic
The line sees regular East Midlands Trains services, currently a half hour service in each direction, so plenty of opportunities to photograph HSTs and Meridian units here.
There is also plenty of freight traffic on the line, although in daylight hours, this mainly consists of northbound workings.
This is a footbridge on the outskirts of the village, with a park on one side, and fields on the other. The footbridge is of an arched latticed design and would not require steps for anyone to get a view.
Road directions
This is not too far from Market Harborough station.
Exit the station, and turn right up Great Bowden road. Keep following this road which will soon cross the railway lines. Shortly after passing 'Madeline Close' on your left, look for some signs pointing the way to 'Recycling bank' and 'Tennis club' as you will need to take this footpath to the footbridge. You will be able to see the base of the footbridge from the park.

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Great Bowden map co-ordinates
The park was a car park that is open from 08:00 to 19:00 (summer) or 16:30 (winter). If this is closed then just park considerately at the roadside.
Public transport
Woods Coaches (service 33) offer an hourly service from the Market Hall, in Market Harborough, to Great Bowden, except on Sundays.

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The park has a set of public toilets open from 08:00 to 19:00 (summer) or 16:30 (winter). The village has a couple of handy shops: Bowden stores, and Weltons, the latter also serves teas, and coffees, and if it is a hot day, home made ice cream!
There are also a couple of pubs within walking distance, and staggering distance back to Market Harborough station!
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Great Bowden

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Photographic notes
Shots can be had from both sides of the footbridge. However, the line runs North-South here, so the location is best for southbound workings, preferably in the afternoon.

General views - All photographs © Jason Rodhouse unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north - Picture � Victoria Rodhouse

Fig 2 - Looking north - <i>Picture  Victoria Rodhouse</i>

Fig 3 - Looking south - Picture � Victoria Rodhouse

Fig 3 - Looking south - <i>Picture  Victoria Rodhouse</i>

Location Video

Video by Victoria Rodhouse

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