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Located on the West Coast Main Line on the 1 in 75 Shap incline, north of Tebay. This whole stretch of line has been famous for railway photography since steam days, and is still popular.
Railway type and traffic
About 60 trains a day between 05:00 and 22:00. Of these, about 3 /4 are Virgin West Coast or Cross Country services. All Cross Country trains are Voyagers. West Coast trains are almost always Pendolino worked.
Most freight trains run in the evenings or overnight. Daytime services mainly comprise intermodals and coal.
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RTT Link Greenholme
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location so please check the page. This link will take you to what is happening 'around now'. Dates and times can be changed at the top of the page.
Shap is hill farming country. There is no right to roam: visitors should keep to the public footpaths. The farmers have a sixth sense for strangers on their land, and will tackle trespassers. They particularly resent damage to property, especially walls and fences, and so-called ‘gardening’ by photographers seeking to clear viewpoints. Culprits can expect police action.
Weather - Shap has a notoriously high rainfall and is very exposed to the elements. Come prepared!
Drive to Tebay Services on the northbound M6. Walk out the back of the services past the Westmoreland Hotel and turn left to Scotchman’s Bridge (5 minutes).Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Greenholme map co-ordinates
In Tebay Services
None at the location, the nearest ones are the Tebay services on the M6.
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Greenholme general view map
Greenholme close up map
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The line runs broadly north to south so light favours west facing shots in the morning and east facing shots in the afternoon.
Andrew Cameron Gallery
Photography is possible throughout the day, but early morning and afternoon and evening shots are best, provided daylight permits.
General views - All photographs © Andrew Naylor unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
This northerly panorama of 6201 Princess Elizabeth descending past Greenholme in May 2002 was taken from just east of the minor road beween Greenholme and Roundthwaite. It shows a number of features mentioned elsewhere in these notes. Behind the train is Scotchman’s Bridge. In front of the bridge an area of hard standing marks the Network Rail track access point. Beyond the bridge the line curves to Scout Green, marked by 3 distinct bushes in the left distance. Beyond the nearer line of trees on the right is the Westmoreland Hotel; Tebay Services are off-camera to the right.
Fig 2 - Looking north
This north easterly view was also taken from the Greenholme-Roundthwaite road, at a point closer to Greenholme. The Class 66 is in roughly the same position as the last coach of 6201’s train.
Fig 3 - Looking south east
Another view towards the Greenholme embankment, but this time looking south east from the minor road between Scotchman’s Bridge and Greenholme. The southbound Pendolino is heading away from the camera.
Fig 4 - Looking south west
A view to the south west from the footpath east of Scotchman’s Bridge. This picture was taken at 21:46 in July.
Fig 5 - Looking south
More steam action on the 1 in 75, taken from Scotchman’s Bridge.
Fig 6 - Looking south
This 2003 picture looks south from the NR track access point just south of Scotchman’s Bridge. NB
that additional gantries have been erected since 2002.
Fig 7 - Looking east
A close-up of steam action just south of the Network Rail track access point, taken from the Scotchman’s Bridge-Greenholme road.
Fig 8 - Looking north
The northerly view from Scotchman’s Bridge.
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