REALLY SideTracked - Purton
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Purton Train Station. Sadly closed since 1964.
This cache and dash is located beside the old road from before the bridge was built. This is now a dead end and so you should find little traffic. This road is used to access some properties so please look out for muggles during your search.
Take a look at the attached pictures and you will see how different the area is now.
The Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway was a broad gauge railway that linked the Great Western Railway at Swindon, Wiltshire, with Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. The line between Cheltenham and Gloucester was worked jointly with the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway; that between Gloucester and Standish Junction was worked jointly with the Bristol and Gloucester Railway. Both these railways became part of the Midland Railway and caused Isambard Kingdom Brunel to lay down mixed gauge tracks along this section of line before any of his other broad gauge railways.
From Swindon the line sweeps away from the Bristol main line in a north-easterly direction. The first station on the line was Purton, some 4 miles from Swindon. This station consisted of a wooden planked building on the up platform and a small waiting shelter on the down.
The Kemble to Swindon train was withdrawn on Saturday the 31 October l964 and with it went the intermediate stations of Purton, Minety and Oaksey Halt. Purton station had just undergone complete rebuilding, the paint hardly dry when closure struck and the two stations buildings were then left to the elements.
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.
SideTracked started at Evesham station on August 10th 2007, placed by schnarff & bikermel76. It took a while to get started, but is now spreading across the country!
It is hoped the series will continue to spread…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!!! Please ensure that you aware of the new rules of 04/09/08 before hiding your Cache!
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