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Eastleigh Yard

Post by Steve Blick on Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:22 pm


Eastleigh Station
Southampton Road
SO50 4FL


Eastleigh Yard
Dutton Lane
SO50 6AA


Lidl Supermarket
Coles Close
Twyford Road
SO50 4EL

By car, leave the M3 at junction 13, taking the A335 Leigh Road, signposted Eastleigh. Continue for approx 3.5 miles, where upon reaching the island, the car park for Lidl supermarket will be directly in front of you. Taking the 4th exit, will lead you to Eastleigh station, about 200 yards away on your left hand side.

Turn right outside Eastleigh station and at the roundabout take the third exit into the supermarket car-park to view the yard. Views of the yard can also be had from the bridge going over the railway - take the next exit from the roundabout. Also, continue over the bridge ( Bishops Road ) and take the first left into Dutton Lane for restricted views of the other side of the yard.

Note: Due to building work, the yard is no longer viewable from Dutton Lane.

The yard can be seen from trains between Eastleigh and Basingstoke - look to the right when travelling from Eastleigh.

Vantage Points:  There are a couple of really decent vantage points for viewing the shunters. If during the week, Eastleigh station will prove to be a good option, due to one of them performing trip workings in to the engineers sidings, adjacent to the station. This move will give excellent photo opportunities aswell. You may have a long wait though, but i very much doubt you'll get bored, given the amount of movements through the station !

The second option is in the way of Lidl's free car park. From here, you may be able to view both shunters. Like the station, this location also gives the photographer an excellent range of angles, although you may need a decent zoom lens to capture the other shunter.

Failing to spot either shunter, the only other option is to take a train to Shawford, costing about £3 return.

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