SideTracked - The Hawthorns Traditional Geocache
SideTracked - The Hawthorns
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The cache is a flat container, intended as a cache-and-dash, situated near The Hawthorns Railway Station.
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.
The station situated at Halfords Lane, was opened in 1995 as part of the Jewellery Line Project which saw the re-introduction of cross-city services via Birmingham Snow Hill. The line was formerly part of a Great Western Railway line, with the Halt closing in 1968, and track removed in 1972. The station sits on the site of the old Hawthorns Halt, which served football specials for The Baggies ground (West Bromwich Albion football ground - The Hawthorns). There is a park and ride facility at the station, although the car park gets full early in the morning. Extra services are laid on around the time of football matches to assist fans in travelling to and from the match. The adjacent Midland Metro line, from Birmingham to Wolverhampton opened in 1995.
Trains are operated by London Midland. The Monday to Saturday daytime service, trains are approximately every 10 minutes in each direction, from Stourbridge Junction via Birmingham Snow Hill to either Dorridge or Whitlocks End (some beyond Whitlocks End to Stratford-upon-Avon). Most trains continue beyond Stourbridge to Kidderminster, Worcester Foregate Street, or Great Malvern. Chiltern Railways services operate in peak hours only, between Kidderminster and London Marylebone. Unlike London Midland services, which apart from very rare cases always stop, very few Chiltern trains call at The Hawthorns. Midland Metro services operate at frequent intervals, between Birmingham Snow Hill and Wolverhampton St Georges.
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