Sidetracked - Godalming Traditional Geocache
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This is another addition to the Railway Station Sidetracked series.
It is a Nano Magnetic Canister, only containing a log book, so a writing implement is needed to log your visit.
Godalming railway station is a stop on the Portsmouth Direct Line. The station, which opened in 1859 to replace one on a different site of the town, is situated at the edge of the town of Godalming.
The current typical off-peak service is two trains per hour in each direction. The original station site, located to the north of the River Wey, was closed to passengers on completion of the through line from London to Portsmouth.
The spur on which the old station lay was retained as a goods yard until 1969. A block of flats now occupies the former trackbed.
The staff at Godalming have worked hard over the past few years to maintain the station. In 2004 they won Best Miscellaneous Building in the Godalming in Bloom 2004 Competition, in 2005 they won Best Small Station in the South West Trains Station Pride Awards and received a Highly Commended in the National Rail Awards.
In February 2006 Godalming station was renamed "Shere" for three days while filming took place for The Holiday, a movie starring Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black and Kate Winslet. It was directed by Nancy Meyers and released in December 2006.
In July 2006 the station won the Special Award in the Godalming in Bloom 2006 competition, not only for their display of flowers, but also for the welcoming environment they have created.
In August 2006 they won Best Small Station in the 2006 South West Trains Station Pride Awards
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