SideTracked St James Park Railway Station
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A quick cache and dash at a railway station (St James Park) on the Avocet Line, which is the railway line running between Exeter St Davids and Exmouth
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, PLEASE don’t place a Cache where it could cause alarm!!!
History From Wikipedia
A small station named Lion's Holt Halt was opened in the cutting west of Blackboy Tunnel on 26 January 1906. Mount Pleasant Road Halt was opened at the same time to the east of the tunnel but was closed in 1928.
The name of Lion's Holt was changed to "St James Park" on 7 October 1946, the name of the Exeter City F.C. football ground, which is next to the station. The club has adopted the station under the community railways scheme and contributes to its upkeep.
Although there are two platforms, the northernmost platform (Platform 2 - toward Exmouth) is very short (about 37m) and can only be served by a one or two (20m) coach train. Other train formations such as a Class 158 must use selective door opening or single door opening. The Exeter-bound platform (Platform 1) is about 73m in length.
A train to Exmouth
About half the trains on the Avocet Line from Exmouth railway station to Exeter St Davids call at St James Park. Beyond St Davids they generally continue to either Paignton or Barnstaple. Connections are available at Exeter Central for Pinhoe and stations to London Waterloo as these trains run through St James Park without stopping; passengers for other main line stations change at Exeter St Davids.
Three peak services currently start/terminate at St James Park.
You are looking for a Nano cache here due to the very high level of muggle activity with passengers using the station and the station is also outside one of the turnstiles entrance to Exeter City FC so I would avoid looking for this cache on match days. This station is also in a busy student residential area.
I would have liked to have placed a bigger cache however due to the the local children who live in the area the cache would be highly unlikely to survive.
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