2. Hungerford High St


The first obstacle in extending the railway on from Hungerford was the High St. Fortunately the need to gain height up the valley takes the railway over the A338 rather than requiring a most inconvenient level crossing. With modern smooth welded rail, trains pass through with barely any impact on life going on below them – which could not be said of the large number of HGVs which would be needed to carry the heavy loads of stone by road! This type of photograph is a challenge for the enthusiast because of the lack of visual cues as to the train’s whereabouts:


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