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by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:56:03 AM EST
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I think you're probably right, the trains fit  the clues given by the person who set the question.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 09:59:33 AM EST
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and the spire looks like this I think it's a match



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 10:03:05 AM EST
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You did it!!!

I was about to give a clue... Ceebs correctly narrowed it down to Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire (it is right at the border), I guess based on landscape and church tower.

But you could also have looked at the Trainspotting Bükkes network map, which distinguishes lines according to number of tracks and electrification system. In the non-mountainous part of England, there aren't that many two-track diesel lines running North-South (as evidenced by shadows).

Even better, if you'd checked (or asked me about) the DMU on the picture, it's a class 168/0, predecessor of the Turbostar -- and owned only by Chiltern Railways. They run London Marylebone-Birmingham. Which has North-South sections only in a few places, the Northamptonshire-Oxfordshire border being one of them!

As an endnote, this shot at Kings Sutton is another popular railfan photo site, though more demanding than Dawlish: the Sun is at the right angle only in late afternoon.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:07:26 AM EST
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I do it all on landscape, and buildings. The train lines I only use to  get the precise position at the end. (I was confused by the power station for a bit, thinking that beeing unable to see the river  the picture must be from the south)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:29:57 AM EST
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When I saw my first Kings Sutton photo, it captured me and I wanted to check out the location, but it was not in my map's register (was mis-spelled). While I gave an analytical route above, what I did back then was to immediately guess the region (based on, well... the background of other rail photos), and then trace along possible routes on the map. It took around ten minutes.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:56:14 AM EST
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