REALLY SideTracked - Maidenhead Boyne Hill
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SideTracked Caches are intended to provide quick Cache-and-dashes at Train Stations. This is a micro hidden near to the location of this former Rail Station and line it is not on railway property.
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Maidenhead Boyne Hill Station was opened on the 1st August 1854 as part of the Wycombe Railway and virtually unnoticed it still stands there today.
As you climb up Castle Hill out of Maidenhead the A4 road passes over the line at a point where an elaborate brick structure looks a little too complicated to be just a simple bridge. Two bricked up arches give the game away. These were the original entrances to Maidenhead Boyne Hill station's platforms below.
It's tempting to wonder what is behind these walls - are there still steps down or was everything removed before they were sealed like some kind of tomb?
The station was originally simply called Maidenhead (Wycombe Branch) and acquired its Boyne Hill suffix at a later date. Its period in use was short too, it had closed by 1871 less than 20 years after it had opened.
Perhaps the walk up the hill to the station from the town did not help its survival but ultimately it was the new Maidenhead Junction Station located on the main line from Paddington that sealed its fate. Opening on the same day as Boyne Hill closed it has remained Maidenhead's station to this day.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum