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SideTracked - Pilning

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Hidden : 08/08/2014
Difficulty:
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Terrain:
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Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Another cache in the SideTracked series.


Pilning Station is a small station on the edge of Pilning in South Gloucestershire. Its the last station before the severn tunnel.

In 2012/13 Pilning was ranked as the 15th least-used station in the UK but as it only has one service in each direction on Saturdays only, it is hardly surprising.

The first Pilning station was opened on 8 September 1863 by the Bristol and South Wales Union Railway. When the Severn Tunnel was opened in 1886, the new line diverged from the original B&SWUR line to New Passage just south of Pilning station. The line to New Passage, including the original station, was closed, and a new station was opened on the new line nearby.

In 1900 the GWR reopened the old line to goods traffic, connecting with a new line through Severn Beach to Avonmouth. In 1928 passenger services were started on the line to Avonmouth, and a new station, Pilning Low Level, was opened on the site of the original Pilning station. The station on the Severn Tunnel line was renamed Pilning High Level.

Pilning continued to have two stations from 1928 to 1964, when the line from Pilning to Severn Beach was closed. Pilning High Level station was then renamed Pilning.

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