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A foot crossing on the East Coast Main Line, just to the south of Retford.
Railway type and traffic
Mainly East Coast 225 sets and HSTs. Grand Central and Hull Trains 180s.
The odd class 66 also goes through. It's a good location for railtours.
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RTT Link Eaton Crossing, ECML
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In the countryside near crop fields. You can go either side of the line, with one side being good for shots in one direction.
From Retford, take the A638 going South. Take the first left when you get to a place called Eaton. The road is signposted Upton and E.Drayton. It's just after coming around a corner if you come from Retford. Then follow the road until it gets to a sharp right and you'll be able to see the crossing.
If you're coming from Newark, follow the signs for Retford until you get to Gamston. After going through Gamston, it's the second right.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Eaton Crossing, ECML map co-ordinates
There's a gravel car park near the actual crossing.
Nothing nearby, Retford is only a few miles to the north.
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Eaton Crossing, ECML
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Eaton Crossing, ECML
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The light is good in the morning for both. If you cross the tracks, you get good views for both angles for photos. If you're filming, down by the road is a good spot for trains going northbound, but not southbound. There's also a bridge just up the road with arrow straight shots in both directions.
General views - All photographs © Will Horsley unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking east
Fig 3 - Looking east
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