Sidetracked - Pevensey & Westham
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A diddy cache near to Pevensey & Westham railway station
On the Bexhill branch, this station serves the communities of Pevensey and Westham (funnily enough!), as well as Stone Cross, Hankham, Langney and other local villages.
The train service is mostly electric stoppers, with the only train operator being Southern, and a non-stop diesel service whistles through every hour.
The ticket office is still manned Mon-Sat mornings, and the signal box, with it's 11 lever Saxby & Farmer frame oversaw the line from Willingdon Junction to the amusingly named Bo-Peep Junction at St Leonards. The signal box (which I used to work from 2009 until 2015) closed in on the 13th February 2015, with the resignalling of the line, and control moved to Three Bridges. It was demolished in September 2015.
If you stand on the footbridge you can really appreciate how flat the land is around here and how straight the line is. From the footbridge you can look down towards the sea, over towards the castle and church or across to the South Downs. You'll be able to see the traffic passing over the level crossing, 1500 yards away at the, peak time only Pevensey Bay station, as well as the red, yellow or green light from the signal there. On the Eastbourne bound line here you'll see two LED signals, if the furthest one is green you know a train has "got the road" right round through Willingdon Junction, where the line from Lewes joins this line, towards Eastbourne.
The cache should be wheelchair accessible, for most wheelchair users. If anyone has any problems accessing this one, please advise me and I'll consider if it needs to be re-graded.
A cache extraction tool may be required.
Erne bs GPO @ TY