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Written by Christopher Blake - 12 Apr 2005
last update by Marcus Dawson - 30 Jun 2009
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Location notes
On the Mainline from Leicester to London. This point is on the rural-urban fringe of Leicester.
Railway type and traffic
Includes traffic such as HSTs, Meridians, maybe the odd Turbostar, 66s, 60s and other mixed locomotives.
Environment
Open countryside which is very secluded. You can only visit during the day because you'll never get home in the dark! (Well you might but you'll probably fall in the canal in the process!)
Road directions
From Leicester:
Follow the A5199 south to Kilby Bridge.
To access this point you have to walk along the tow path by the Grand Union Canal from Kilby Bridge east for half a mile.

Or you can turn down Cooks Lane and park just before the road become a 'private road', opposite the entrance to the field and walk down the bridleway to the location.

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Kilby Bridge, Leicestershire map co-ordinates
Parking
There is parking spaces at Kilby Bridge next to the steps leading to the canal. The crossing is approximately 0.5miles east of Kilby Bridge.
Public transport
From Leicester:
No. 49 bus (Arriva) from stand C21 Charles Street to the pub at Kilby Bridge. Every 30mins during the day.

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Amenities
There is no amenities at the crossing, however there is a pub at Kilby Bridge and other services eg. Shops
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Kilby Bridge, Leicestershire

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Photographic notes
The line runs east to west at this point so the shot is on for east bound trains in the morning moving round to west bound trains in the afternoon. 'Whistle' boards either side of the location will give audible warning of approaching workings.
Shots from the south side of the crossing are reasonably wide for the main line, but would be tight for anything on the bi directional loop line. The north side of the crossing embankment offers some height for picturing workings.There is also a foot crossing and angles from the fields to provide some variation.
There is distant noise from the A5199 but nothing to intrusive.


General views - All photographs © Christopher Blake unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east

(foot crossing)

Fig 2- Looking west


Fig 2- Looking west

(foot crossing)

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