Sidetracked - MNR County School
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We have Motorway Mayhem. We have A-Road Anarchy (cos there aren't many Motorways in Wales!)But what about public transport users? Side Tracked Caches are intended to provide quick Cache-and-Dashes at Train Stations.
This cache is on The MNR and will be one of three on the line.
County School Station was built in 1886 at the junction of the lines to Wells and Wroxham, and also to serve the now-demolished Norfolk County School.
The station is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Wensum Valley, and has a wildlife garden, picnic area, tea room and museum: a perfect place to relax for an hour or two before continuing on your way.
Although the station is not yet connected to the rest of the Mid-Norfolk Railway, exciting plans to restore the line northwards from Dereham are well under way, with County School eventually becoming the northern terminus of the line.
County School Station is situated about 2km to the north of North Elmham on the road towards Guist and Holt, and is clearly signed along a pleasant leafy lane. Ample free parking and toilets are provided at the station.
The Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust was established in 1995 with the aim of buying and restoring the then-disused line between the Norfolk market towns of Dereham and Wymondham. We currently own 28km (17.5 miles) of track and trackbed through central Norfolk's most attractive countryside, making us one of the largest preserved railways in the UK today.
The line is operational between Dereham and Wymondham, and we own the disused northern section from Dereham as far as County School. The line is intact (although derelict) as far as North Elmham, and a further mile of track will need to be re-laid in order to reach County School. Our long-term aim is to reach as far as Fakenham.
In addition to our passenger services to Wymondham, we also run fairly regular commercial freight trains, as well as the occasional railtour. These result in a wide variety of locomotives visiting Dereham from the main line from time to time, in addition to our fleet of heritage diesel locos.
The cache you are looking for is a Nano so bring a pen or pencil, although at the moment the trains do not reach this station they do have quite a few visitors especially on Sundays when you can sometimes enjoy a visit to the Tea Room, so stealth and luck are required.
This cache was adopted as you find it from Redtalut by Sue and Bernie on 25 Aug 12.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum