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Sidetracked - Purley

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Hidden : 03/02/2013
2 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Was surprised that there was no sidetracked cache for Purley Station, one of the stations near me, so thought it was time to have one!

You are looking for a 900ml clip-lock type container. There is space for small swaps.

If arriving by train, make sure you leave by the back entrance to Purley station on platform 6 (unless you want to make the walk longer!).

Please be wary when retrieving/replacing the cache as people frequently walk pass on the way to/from the station (hence difficulty of 2). The cache is just off the path, but you should be able to reach it from the path.

From Wikipedia (
Purley railway station is in the London Borough of Croydon on the Brighton Main Line, in Travelcard Zone 6. It is a junction, with branches to Caterham and Tattenham Corner. There are sidings used by the Day and Son gravel company, part of whose installation has been given a visual treatment intended to resemble a signal box. Trains of aggregates from Cliffe are dealt with here.
Purley station has been known by three different names.
Godstone Road:
The station was opened by the London and Brighton Railway on 12 July 1841 as Godstone Road. This was closed on 1 October 1847 by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR), which had opened the Stoat's Nest station one mile away at Coulsdon.
Caterham Junction:
In 1855 a proposal by a local company to connect the sandstone quarries at Caterham to the railway system became embroiled in a long-running dispute between the LB&SCR and the rival South Eastern Railway (SER), which resulted in the reopening of the station. The proposed line was in the territory of the SER, and was to be operated by that company. It would have to join the railway system on a section of the LB&SCR, where the SER had running powers but no stations. The new railway had to sue the LB&SCR to force it to allow the junction with its line and to reopen the station. On 5 August 1856 the Caterham branch opened, joining the main line near the site of the Godstone Road station. Three months later the LB&SCR reopened its station as ‘Caterham Junction’.
The station was renamed ‘’Purley’’ on 1 October 1888, and rebuilt around 1896 during the widening of the main line between Croydon and the beginning of the new Quarry Line at Coulsdon. The SER built a line from Purley to Kingswood railway station, extended to Tattenham Corner railway station between 1897 and 1901. By the latter date it had become the South Eastern and Chatham Railway.
Contents of the cache when hidden:
Plastic fork
Sliding puzzle
Plastic lid
Lego 2x4 bricks (x2)
Mini clips (x2)
Foot rubber

And for the ftf: certificate and badge
(unfortunately the laminator ate the first certificate, so I’ve had to make do with just a paper version!)

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