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TUBE SideTracked - Bayswater Tube Traditional Geocache

This cache has been archived.

Defiant.: Unfortunately this cache has run its course, sad when a cache this old must go, but the host area has been modinised and the natural ivy foliage has been cut back. I could place a nano but it would mean a far to regular log change.

So with great reluctance time to be archived.

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Hidden : 07/01/2012
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Geocache Description:

You are looking for a small tin with a strong magnet taped to it - paper log only, please bring your own pen/pencil. Small light weight TB's only Please replace carefully so that can not be seen from the rear of the sign

I loved walking to this area, it is so quiet considering the hustle and bustle of London Paddington is just 5 minutes walk away. These fake house have featured on TV including on an episode of Sherlock. They are worth a look from the front as well as the back which is close to where the cache is located.

About 20 metres further down the road from where the cache is there a high brick wall. You may be able to briefly pull yourself up and peer over, or use a camera phone to snap a picture of what lies below ... the tube!

This is the Circle/District Line between Bayswater and Paddington, and you can clearly see the backs of the fake houses at 23/34 Leinster Gardens. The cache is placed here instead so that you can see the tracks from behind, but if you have time why not walk around to the front and see for yourself the fake facades!

Bayswater is a London Underground station in the Bayswater area of the City of Westminster. It is served by the Circle and District lines. It is between Notting Hill Gate and Paddington stations, in Travelcard Zone 1. The station is located on Queensway and is close to Whiteleys shopping centre, Westbourne Grove, Queens ice rink and bowling centre, Kensington Gardens and St Sophia's Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Less than 100 metres (330 ft) away is the Central line's Queensway station.

The station was opened by the steam-operated Metropolitan Railway (MR) (now the Metropolitan line) on 1 October 1868, as part of the railway's southern extension to South Kensington where it connected to the Metropolitan District Railway (MDR). Construction of the railway line, through the already developed Bayswater area required the excavation of a tunnel using the cut and cover method: a trench 42 feet (13 m) deep was excavated between brick retaining walls which was then roofed-over with brick arches to allow building work above. Large compensation payments were made to landowners affected by the excavations.

Station roof under construction
Completed station
Bayswater station, circa 1867

The platforms of Bayswater station were constructed in the trench and provided with a glazed roof. A short section of the trench was left unroofed to the west of the station to allow smoke and steam from the trains to escape from the tunnels. Even before the completion in 1884 of the continuous circuit of tracks which are now the Circle line, the MR and MDR operated services through Bayswater as the Inner Circle. The MR originally provided all of the trains, but from 1871, each company operated half of the service.

In 1905, to improve the conditions in the tunnels and stations and increase service frequencies, the MR electrified the tracks through Bayswater and, in conjunction with the MDR, around the whole of the Inner Circle and across most of their routes. Electric trains began running on 1 July 1905, but the MR's poor coordination of the installation work with the MDR's led to disruption for several months.

Exterior view in 1961

On 1 November 1926 the District line began a service between Edgware Road and Putney Bridge. From this date the MR operated all Inner Circle services apart from a few District line operated Sunday services. In 1949, the service was separately identified on the tube map as the Circle line for the first time.


Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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