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REALLY SideTracked - Ashburton Traditional Geocache

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Hidden : 01/12/2013
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Geocache Description:

You are looking for a micro container not too far from the old station buildings. Not suitable for wheelchairs, not difficult on foot. Parking is not near GZ, best to use car park in town & then walk, not far. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PEN

Ashburton station was originally the terminus of the South Devon Railway that ran from Totnes and opened on 1st May 1872. Four years later the company was taken over by Great Western and in 1892, the track was converted to standard gauge from the broad gauge used by I K Brunel. Like so many small branch lines that survived on transporting goods from essentially cottage industries and farms, this one succumbed after WW2 and by November 1958 passenger traffic ceased. Goods continued to be transported for another four years. However the line did not get ripped up as a group of business men saw a tourist based opportunity to carry on running steam trains and by 1969 their wish was granted and the Dart Valley Railway was born. For a couple of years some trains ran to Ashburton but these ceased in 1971 - the last train into Ashburton was the British Rail Farewell to Ashburton rail tour on 2nd October 1971.  The last two miles of line were then severed to make way for A38 improvements; interestingly there have been studies made recently looking into the feasibility of trains returning to Ashburton once more. The station is now a listed building and is a garage, whilst the goods shed survives nearby.

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