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Sidetracked - Retford Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 12/13/2009
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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? 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

Retford railway station serves the town of Retford in Nottinghamshire, England. and is 223 km (138½ miles) north of London Kings Cross and 28 km (16½ miles) south of Doncaster on the East Coast Main Line. It is also 37 km (23½ miles) south east of Sheffield on the Sheffield to Lincoln Line.

It has four platforms, two of which serve the East Coast Main Line while two located at a lower level and at right angles to the first pair serve the Sheffield to Lincoln Line.

The first railway into Retford was the Sheffield and Lincolnshire Junction Railway which opened on 16 July 1849 on their line between Sheffield and Gainsborough. The Great Northern Railway line from Doncaster arrived on 4 September 1849 crossing the S&LJR on the level. It used the latter's station until its own was completed (on the site of today's higher-level platforms) on 1 August 1852. On 1 July 1859, the S&LJR (now the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway) began using the GNR station via a short connecting curve, and closed its original station.

The higher-level platforms (numbered 1 and 2) respectively serve southbound and northbound East Coast Main Line trains calling at Retford. Platform 1 (on the eastern side of the layout) adjoins the main station building. Between the two platforms tracks there are two further lines, used by fast trains not booked to call here.

The lower-level platforms (numbered 3 and 4) were added in the 1960s when the flat crossing between the two lines was removed (in 1965[1]) and the Sheffield - Lincoln tracks were lowered to pass beneath the London - Edinburgh route. These works also necessitated the removal of the direct north-to-east curve, meaning that trains between Sheffield and Lincoln could no longer call at the original platforms without a reversal.

Please ensure that the cache is replaced where you find it. Please let me know if you have any problems with this cache. The cache is a small magnetic nano.

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