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Really, Really Sidetracked Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 08/27/2009
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1.5 out of 5

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Geocache Description:

On the edge of Willaston lies a reminder of a bygone age of steam railways - Hadlow Road Station.

The station has been lovingly restored to appear as it did in the 1950s - complete with a signal box and a British Rail ticket office. It opened in 1866 as part of a joint project by two railway companies, the Great Western Railway and London North Western Railway. The companies opened a branch line to Parkgate initially with stations at Hadlow Road, Neston and Parkgate.

The venture must have been a success, as 20 years later the line was extended to West Kirkby, along with five more stations, but despite this the line remained single track, with passing loops at stations, for all its life.

But by the time British Rail was created in 1948, the Hooton to West Kirkby line was apparently in trouble and it closed to passengers in September 1956.

It still found a use as a goods line and was even used to train drivers of the new diesel passenger trains, but finally shut down altogether in 1962.

In the early 1970s the route of the branch line was chosen to create Wirral Country Park - Britain's first such park and the route of the Wirral Way cycle path.

The station building and the eastbound platform was restored to its 1950s state, although the westbound platform, with its brick shelter, remains unrestored. Today it serves as one of two visitor centres for the Wirral Way.

There are lots of caches on the Wirral Way - take a stroll, or ride your bike along it's length and see how many caches you can pick up! Please be sure to replace the cache as you found it - this place can be muggle central.

Thanks to HazelS for allowing me to adopt this cache. It is in a similar place, but the same co-ordinates still apply and I have added a hint.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)