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## SideTracked - Stourbridge Junction

A cache by gr8.ape Message this owner
Hidden : 10/12/2010
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## Geocache Description:

A cache placed near to Stourbridge Junction Railway Station. Not on railway property. The cache is a small magnetic container

We have Motorway Mayhem. We have A-Road Anarchy and even Village Vexation. Now a series for public transport users! SideTracked Caches are intended to provide quick cache-and-dashes at train stations.

History
The station was opened in 1852 on the Oxford, Worcester, and Wolverhampton railway line. The station was originally named Stourbridge. The junction was created when the Stourbridge Railway built their line to Lye and beyond. A double junction was created when a goods branch line to Stourbridge Town was built in October 1879. The branch line to Stourbridge Town is now a passenger line with two Perry People Movers (PPM) Class 139. The PPM’s carry 20 – 25 seated passengers, and 30 – 35 standing passengers. Roundabout school time it is usually full. One PPM is in the shed at Stourbridge Junction as a reserve, or for maintenance, while the other is in use on the branch line. The PPM is a one car engine, locally referred to as Dinky Toys, and they are fun to ride on. Stourbridge Junction railway station (3 – character code SBJ) is on the Birmingham, Worcester, and Kidderminster line, and was until boundary changes, in Worcestershire. As you enter the station by the drive way, there is a cast iron boundary marker on the left, with the wording ‘Great Western Railway Cos’ round the upper face, and ‘Boundary 1914’ across the centre upper face (at least it looks like 1914).

Services
Managed by London Midland, with some services managed by Chiltern Railway, Stourbridge Junction has frequent services on the main line. The branch line to Stourbridge Town has a regular service, with trains every ten minutes, except between 2 pm and 2:30 pm. Perhaps this is lunch time.

About the Cache – The original cache has been muggled five times. This is a cache replacing two previous caches, placed a short distance away.

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SideTracked - Stourbridge Junction –Original Cache N 52o 26.949 W 002o 08.065
FTF - maxtrev
TTF – Lord Barrington
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SideTracked - Stourbridge Junction –Magnetic Cache N 52o 26.933 W 002o 08.121
FTF - Stourgridgegaz
STF – Godders74
TTF – annwood17
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