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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 05 Feb 2007
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Location notes
Water Orton is a busy village between Sutton Coldfield and Coleshill, and is on the Birmingham to Leicester, and Birmingham to Nuneaton lines.
Railway type and traffic
The station is served by Cross Country, and many units including 170s can be observed, as can Virgin voyagers and HSTs.
The location is very good for it`s selection of freight, currently DB Schenker, Freightliner, GBRF and Colas Rail services passing with class 47, 56, 57, 60, 66 & 67 on a regular basis. Freightliner services are Intermodal, Coal and Ballast.
GBRF services are Engineers
Colas services are steel.
The spot is a footbridge which spans the lines.
Road directions
From Coleshill (Just off the M6) take the B4117 passing through Gilson (or alternatively take the the B4117 from further up the A446) both routes will lead you directly to Water Orton. Head through the busy village centre, and you will see the station to your right. Turn here so the satation building is on your left, then turn right immediately after crossing the bridge.

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Water Orton Footbridge map co-ordinates
You can park in any of the side roads, making sure that driveways are not blocked. Alternatively, you can park in the car-park next to the station.
The nearby pub has a very large carpark round the back, but it in 2007 the pub has changed hands and the land lord does not like 'enthusiats' parking in his car park. He has been quite vocal in his views.
Public transport
There are plenty of buses operating in the area, and many can be observed stopping near the station frequently. These are mainly operated by West Midlands Travel.

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There is a sandwich shop (Closes at 16:00) and a very nice fish and chip shop in the village. There is a public loo next to the station carpark which you have to pay 30p to use and The Dog Inn is right next to you!
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Water Orton Footbridge

Googly map
Streetmap links
Water Orton Footbridge general view map
Water Orton Footbridge close up map

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Water Orton Footbridge

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Photographic notes
Photos can be taken from both sides of the bridge, and in both directions.
The bridge is prone to shaking, so perhaps not ideal for those wishing to take video footage.
Trains approaching from the west on the Nuneaton line can be seen some distance away.
An advantage at this location are the noisy points. You can easily here them when they change, thus letting you know when something is due on the Leicester line!

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

Fig 1 - Looking east

Looking towards the station.

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Looking towards the station.

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 4 - Looking west

Fig 4 - Looking west

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