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This location is on the road over-bridge of the A4095 from Bicester to Witney and is approximately 10 miles from Oxford.
Railway type and traffic
The line runs approximately north-south on the former GWR mainline between Oxford and Birmingham, carrying a high density of traffic from the South Coast and South-East to the Midlands and the North. A staple diet of Voyagers, and 165 units form the majority of scheduled passenger workings.
Freight is in the hands of 66 (Freightliner and DB Schenker) - liner trains may be viewed approximately half-hourly, with an occasional 67. Other unusual workings may use this route from time to time and steam/diesel charters may also be seen.
This is a road over-bridge on the busy A4095 in otherwise quiet-ish rolling countryside. The road is very busy and the cars, motorcycles and heavy trucks drive very fast over the bridge and as there is not a footpath, (just an 18" - .5m - grass/earth raised verge between the traffic and the parapet), it is NOT the place to take young children or the infirm.
Keep the traffic in mind at all times and do not be tempted to make a blind dash across the road when a horn is heard from the other direction.
From the M40, Junction 9:
Take the A34 and head south for about 2.5 miles. Then turn off for Islip and left onto the B4027 towards Bletchingdon. Continue through Bletchingon until the B4027 becomes the A4095. A few yards after this merge is the over-bridge.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Enslow map co-ordinates
There is plenty of parking approx 50 yards west of the over-bridge, but please do not obstruct access to the canal side pub (Rock of Gibraltar) or the small commercial premises.
Oxford Bus service 25/25A is roughly half hourly during the day but passes only to within 1 mile of this location at Bletchingdon. The walk from Bletchingdon to the location is along a country road and generally without a footpath. Not recommended.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
The only 'amenity' is the Rock of Gibraltar about 50 yards west of the location. But it is a lovely canal side pub which serves meals and beverages. Very nice in the summer.
There is a touring and residential caravan park within a 2 minute walk east of this location.
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Southbound Trains viewed from NW Bridge Parapet in the afternoon. Visibility for about 1 mile straight so shots need not be rushed. There is a builders/merchants yard on the west side of the line and the are often stacks of pallets next to the line which may encroach into the shot - a little cropping or thoughtful use of focal length may be necessary.
Looking south, the line swings sharply to the east in a cutting, with high trees on the east side, providing heavy shade in the morning, head on sun around noon and a restricted view during the afternoon. Approaching trains can surprise you and the traffic noise can mask their arrival. Looking south is not the best.
The narrow verges prevent tripod use and the traffic noise would mean video work is almost impossible.
General views - All photographs © John Turner unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking north
Fig 3 - Looking south
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