Sidetracked - Stoke-on-Trent Traditional Geocache
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A nice easy micro but beware stealth will be required as it is a very very busy place
We have Motorway Mayhem. We have A-Road Anarchy (cos there aren’t many Motorways in Wales!). But what about public transport users? SideTracked Caches are intended to provide quick Cache-and-dashes at Train Stations.
It is hoped this idea will spread across the country in the same way as the MMs….but if hiding one PLEASE BE SENSIBLE and remember that in this day and age, public transport is under greater scrutiny than ever before, so, although these caches should be quick and easy grabs, PLEASE don’t place a Cache where it could cause alarm!!!
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The very fine Victorian station buildings were opened October 9, 1848. The other buildings located in Winton Square, including the North Stafford hotel, were opened in June 1849. All these buildings were to the design of H.A. Hunt of London, done in an architectural style referred to as ‘robust Jacobean manor-house’ . The station was built by the North Staffordshire Railway Company and, until the amalgamation of 1923, housed the Company's Boardroom and its principal offices. Stoke-on-Trent has always been and still is the hub of North Staffordshire's passenger train service Stoke-on-Trent station is managed by Virgin Trains. It has three passenger platforms, and one central through line without a platform. The entrance to the station is from Winton Square, opposite the North Stafford Hotel, into a large modern booking hall with an enquiry office, quick ticket machines, an HSBC cashpoint and level access to platform 1 from which all southbound and eastbound trains normally depart. On this platform are the main buildings, refreshment room and bar, a magazine and book stall, free CCTV-covered cycle-locking racks, free toilets for both ladies and gentlemen, a first class lounge, a post box, and offices for the British Transport Police. There is both a tiled passenger subway and a passenger operated lift connecting platform 1 with platforms 2 and 3. Northbound trains usually depart from platform 2, which has a ladies' waiting room with toilets, and gentlemen's toilets. Platform 3 is a short bay platform used by some regional trains to Manchester Piccadilly. The station building retains much of its mid-Victorian character, including a classic glazed roof that spans the platforms, and is now a Grade II* listed building. A war memorial, with brass nameplates naming local men who fell during the wars, discreetly flanks the entrance to platform 1.
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