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This rural location is just to the south of the busy town of Ryde. The Isands electrified line between Ryde Pier and Shnaklin runns through here.
Railway type and traffic
The line currently operates half a dozen class 483 units which were converted from ex 1938 underground stock in 1988. There are 2 trains in each direction every hour, generally in 20 and 40 minute intervals.
This location is an over bridge, and is surrounded by fields and woodland.
From Ryde, head south on the A3055 As you leave the town, you will see a garden centre to your right, and a large superstore on the left. Keep going on the A3055, and you will soon reach the woods. You need to take a right down 'Harding Shute' and the location is the bridge that crosses the railway.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Isle of Wight, Whitefield Wood map co-ordinates
Park as much off the road as you can There is a good location to park further down the road on the left hand side, just past the farm buildings which are on the right.
Nothing at the location, but the previously mentioned garden centre could be useful. Wootton Bridge also has a good pub, the Sloop Inn. There is also a nearby superstore. Ryde town centre itself should cater for most needs!
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Isle of Wight, Whitefield Wood
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There is a public footpath behind the farm buildings which takes you into the field which runs alongside the line, but no shots are obtainable here.
Shots can be had in both directions, but the shot of choice is a telephoto shot of southbound workings in the afternoon, preferably in the summer when the shadows are not long.
General views - All photographs © Jason Rodhouse unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east
A standard view from the bridge, but in the morning when the light is hopeless.
Fig 2 - Looking north east - Image © Victoria Rodhouse
Demonstrates how troublesome the lineside trees can be...... But this should be ok on a summers evening.
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