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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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