REALLY SideTracked - Eardington. Kara n Kierons.
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So many of my favorite "MO" hiding places here, where will you begin ?????
Severn Valley Railway series is for those that love Steam Railways; they will get you to where you can see moving trains close up, in picturesque places.
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This cache belongs to the SideTracked series. It is not designed to take you to a magical place with a breath taking view. It's a distraction for the weary traveller, but anyone else can go and find it too. More Information can be found at the SideTracked Website
About Eardington Station
Eardington is a small village in Shropshire two kilometres south of the town of Bridgnorth along the busy B4555 road.
The Severn Valley Railway runs immediately to the east of the village and there was once a stop on the line situated about half a mile to the south between Upper and Lower Forge, called Eardington Halt.
Eardington opened as one of the original Stations on the Severn V alley line with a brick waiting room and single platform, but was not readily accessible from the nearby villages of Chelmarsh and Eardington and was demoted to a halt.
The SVR is a full-size standard-gauge railway line running regular steam-hauled passenger trains for the benefit of visitors and enthusiasts alike between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire, a distance of 16 miles. The journey is full of interest, for the route follows closely the meandering course of the River Severn for most of the way on its journey between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth. One highlight of the trip is the crossing of the River Severn by means of the Victoria Bridge - a massive 200-foot single span, high above the water which, incidentally, features in the film 'The Thirty-nine Steps' with Robert Powell in the leading role. There being few roads in the Severn Valley, some of the views are only visible from the Railway. The scenery is varied and largely unspoiled, punctuated by the quaint 'olde worlde' charm of country stations, each one giving ready access to local villages and riverside walks. A remarkable feature of the Railway not readily appreciated by visitors is that it is very largely run by unpaid volunteers, with a paid staff of around 70 people responsible for administration and commercial activities, plus regular track and rolling stock maintenance. At weekends throughout the year, some 200 volunteers appear on the Railway to perform many tasks, including repairing and repainting stations, reconstruction of viaducts and bridges, and rebuilding locomotives and rolling stock not to mention the operation of the trains ! Many of the trades involved require training. This is provided by professionals who give their time free of charge. The volunteer atmosphere is friendly, and more people are always needed.
(Thanx to Spekey for the caches title & the cut & pasted description)
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