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REALLY SideTracked - Halton Station

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Hidden : 01/09/2015
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A very small container just off the River Lune path near the old Halton Station. Please make sure that it is well hidden once you have signed the log. There are only a couple of pop-a-point pencils in the cache so it would help if you could bring your own writing implement!

There have been caches here before but they have all been archived for one reason or another - it is a busy area. I hope this one will last a bit longer.

The station was opened on 17 November 1849 by the "little" North Western Railway. It was linked to Halton village by a railway-owned narrow toll bridge across the River Lune. A rebuilt version of the bridge is still in use, free of charge.

The original timber station was destroyed by fire on 3 April 1907. A spark from the engine of a passing HeyshamSt Pancras boat train set fire to a wagon of oil drums by the goods shed. The fire brigade were unable to cross the narrow bridge and it was left to a special trainload of railway workers from Lancaster to pass buckets of water from the river. The station was rebuilt in brick and timber and the building survives to this day, used as storage by Lancaster University Rowing Club, with a public car park occupying the former track bed.

The station closed on 3 January 1966, along with the whole line between Wennington and Morecambe. No other station survives. Cyclists and walkers can travel along the former line in either direction. Beneath the trackbed, east of the station, can be heard running water that is extracted from the river to an underground pumping station in Quernmore Park.

This information came from Wikipedia which referenced the following

  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1OCLC 60251199
  • Suggitt, G. (2003, revised 2004) Lost Railways of Lancashire, Countryside Books, Newbury ISBN 1-85306-801-2
  • Vinter, J. (1990), Railway Walks: LMS, Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd, Stroud, ISBN 0-86299-735-



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