REALLY SideTracked - Cowley Station
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A disguised cache placed close to the former site of Cowley station.
Parking is fairly limited between 9 and 5 on weekdays
The Great Western Railway branch line from West Drayton to Uxbridge was authorised in 1853. Work on the line which was just over two miles in length, started in 1854 and following a Board of Trade inspection the first passengers were carried on 8th September 1856.
When the line was under construction local residents requested a station at Cowley but this was turned down by the GWR stating there was insufficient demand. Eventually the company relented and a station was built, opening on 1st October 1904. The station had two platforms with the main brick building including booking office and waiting rooms on the up side. A small waiting shelter was provided on the down side.
Following closure in 1962 the station was given a brief new use 2 years later when it was featured in a WW2 television drama 'All is a dream to me' with Donald Sutherland. In the film the station came under attack by the Luftwaffe. Shortly after the film was made the station buildings were demolished and the track was lifted in March/April 1965.
To the north of Station Road bridge the cutting alongside Brunel University has been infilled but a short length of track bed running parallel with Cleveland Road, Cowley has been retained as a nature reserve and a short length of broad gauge track has been laid along it.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum