For this week’s feature we visit Elford between Tamworth and Burton. A good train watching spot from the bridge although parking is a bit difficult. It is on a secondary road which is not overly busy but can be awkward if something large like a tractor comes along. Here’s the location taken from Google Maps:
There is a good variety of both passenger and freight trains as my visit in 2006 will show.
First we have a southbound scrap metal train headed by EWS 66 117 heading down the layby siding.
A few seconds later, it is passed by a northbound Central Trains class 170.
66 117 continuing slowly down the layby.
66 117 from the other side of the bridge.
Next, a southbound Virgin Voyager which overtook the scrap train….
.. followed by a southbound Frightliner coal train with 66 552.
66 552 passing the scrap train in the layby siding.
Next, a southbound Central Trains class 170.
As the class 170 passes, a northbound empty steel train with 66 203 goes by.
From the south side of the road we see Frieghtliner 66 513 coming north with coal hoppers.
Finally, 66 513 continuing its journey northwards.
All of these photos were taken in just over an hour which goes to show never a dull moment.