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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 21 Feb 2007
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Location notes
This location is between the villages of Church Brampton and Harlestone in rural Northamptonshire. The Northampton loop of the West Coast Main Line runs through here.
Railway type and traffic
This section of line sees an hourly service to Euston and Birmingham New Street. The occasional Virgin service is also scheduled to pass here. Sometimes, particularly at weekends, all traffic can be diverted via this loop. Charters are often diverted via this section of line.
The line also sees regular freight traffic including Freightliner and DB Schenker.
The location is in a field, through which a bridleway passes.
Road directions
From Northampton, head out on the A428 towards Coventry. After a few miles, you will pass through Harlestone. Note the pub on the right, The Fox and Hounds, and perhaps more importantly, the speed camera on the left!
As you leave Harlestone, and the road begins to climb, look out for a right hand turning signposted 'The Bramptons'. Take this turn, and follow the road until it kinks to the right. You will see room to park 2-3 cars on the left. If you cross the railway, then you have gone too far!

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Church Brampton map co-ordinates
You will be looking for an area to park 2-3 cars.
There are actually two places on the short stretch of road which could cause possible confusion. Parking is 'literally' off the road as it kinks to the right, and the railway will be seen from this point.
Public transport
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The Dusty Fox in Harlestone provided good food and drink. However the pub has been renamed 'The Fox and Hounds' and refurbished, so the quality is, as yet, unknown.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Church Brampton

Googly map
Streetmap links
Church Brampton general view map
Church Brampton close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary
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Photographic notes
Shots can be taken in both directions.
'Closer-up' shots can also be taken from the line side fence.

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

Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 2 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 4 - Looking west

Fig 4 - Looking west

Fig 5 - Looking west

Fig 5 - Looking west

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