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melin boy: Time to archive as the area is now a bit too overgrown and the host tree has outgrown its shroud. Thanks for finding.


SideTracked - Port Talbot Parkway

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Hidden : 08/10/2015
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Geocache Description:

this is a simple two stage multi placed near Port Talbot Parkway Station on SideTracked day on 10 August, 2015.

The coords will take you to a statue opposite the station which celebrates the industrial heritage of the area. To find the final location count the number of steel bars he is carrying and call this number A.

The cache can be found at:

N51 35.(A x 63) + 3   W003 46.(A x 127) + 5

Now a bit about the history of the station:

The first section of the South Wales Railway, that ran between Chepstow and Swansea, which included the station originally named Port Talbot, opened either on 18 June 1850, or on 19 June 1850. The station was renamed several times: to Port Talbot and Aberavon on 5 June 1897; to Port Talbot General on 1 July 1924 (the suffix distinguishing it from other stations in Port Talbot), later reverting to the original Port Talbot in April 1947, finally becoming Port Talbot Parkway on 3 December 1984.

While it now bears the title Parkway, it is not a Parkway station per se. It was named Parkway in the 1980s when the old goods shed and yard were converted to a large car park, with freight handling moved to Margam Knuckle Yard, to encourage patronage of eastbound commuters from the Neath and Swansea Valley areas. The idea was that overall travel time could be saved by catching the train at Port Talbot instead of Neath or Swansea because of the low line speed west of Port Talbot and the limited parking at the other two stations.

There were originally two stations near to the current site, one of which was Aberavon Town, which was on the old Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway route and the other being the nearby terminus of the Port Talbot Railway named Port Talbot Central.

The station is currently undergoing a major refurbishment which will include a new footbridge with lifts and is due for completion at the end of 2015.

Further information on the SideTracked series can be found on

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Arj gerr pybfr gb srapr

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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