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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 on a little track which leads to the sewerage works, but don`t worry, it does not smell so bad! You may encounter the occasional dog walker, but not much else here.
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 you see the railway cottages on the right hand side.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Church Brampton Cottages map co-ordinates
You can either park opposite the cottages, or if you take the track on the right just before the cottages, you can drive down to the location. However, the track is narrow, and it can often be difficult to turn around. The best place for turning is by the gates which the farmer sometimes uses to cross the line.
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.
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Church Brampton Cottages
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This location is best for southbound workings from late morning up to about 4 o'clock, and northbound workings in the afternoon to evening. Shots can only be had from one side of the line here. Steps are essential here to elevate above line side growth, particularly to photograph the southbound workings. You could climb up the gates, but catenary the masts are too obtrusive.
General views - All photographs © Jason Rodhouse unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north west
Fig 2 - Looking south east
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