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SideTracked Midgham Traditional Geocache

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Hidden : 02/09/2008
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2 out of 5
Terrain:
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SideTracked Caches are intended to provide quick Cache-and-dashes at Train Stations.

Midgham railway station is nearby the village of Woolhampton, some distance downhill from Midgham village itself. According to local legend, the name Midgham was used in preference to Woolhampton in order to avoid possible confusion with the much larger Wolverhampton railway station. Originally, when it opened on December 21, 1847 the station was in fact named Woolhampton, however on March 1, 1873 it was renamed to Midgham.

Midgham station has two flanking platforms on each side of the double track line. The Reading bound platform has a small shelter and a small car park. The unclassified road crosses the railway line at the eastern end of the station by means of a level crossing, and this crossing also provides the only access between the platforms.

The station is served by local services operated by First Great Western from Reading to Newbury and Bedwyn. Trains run hourly in both directions on Mondays to Saturdays, but there is no Sunday service. Typical journey times are approximately 12 minutes to Newbury and 20 minutes to Reading. Passengers for London Paddington must normally change trains at Reading.

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