SideTracked - Walsall to Bolton
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We fancied adding to the sidetracked series and as most are taken we thought this might be a good place for a quick cache n dash. An additional hint is please use the micro magnet of which there are 2 off, to retrieve the log. Good Look
This cache is part of the SIDETRACKED series situated the length and breast of the UK. Check the list out on sidetrackedseries.info.
The railway came early to Walsall, but didn’t enter the town itself at first. On 4 May 1837, the first railway line in the area opened – the Grand Junction Railway between Birmingham and Warrington. The local station, ‘Bescot Bridge’, was near the Walsall to Wednesbury road. From here coaches ran into Walsall to the 18th century George Hotel on The Bridge.
In the late 20th century, however, rail passenger services underwent a surprising national revival when road congestion began to escalate enormously, and on 7 April 1989, the Walsall to Hednesford service was reinstated under the auspices of Staffordshire County Council, West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive, British Rail and local councils along the route.
In 1995, major improvements were made to Walsall station, funded by CENTRO with financial assistance from Walsall City Challenge and the European Regional Development Fund. The station concourse was remodelled and new waiting rooms built, with a large, smart new canopy and glass fronted waiting area now extending over much of platforms 1 and 2.
The resurrection of Walsall’s railway services continued in the late 1990s and saw the extension of the Hednesford line through to Rugeley and then Stafford, as well as the reopening of the Walsall to Wolverhampton service in 1998.
A big congratulations to bikeboyroy on FTF within 56 minutes of going live.
ROLL OF HONOUR
FTF = Bikeboyroy
STF = G6LPB
TTF = Susannye
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