Spetisbury station was opened on 17th November 1860, by the London and South Western Railway as part of the Dorset Central Railway. The line later became part of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. The station was transferred to the Southern Railway at the Grouping of 1923 and was downgraded to an unstaffed halt in August 1934.
Becoming part of the Southern Region of British Railways when the railways were nationalised in 1947, the halt was closed altogether in September 1956 as part of an economy campaign. The station buildings were demolished around 1958. Passenger trains continued to pass the site until the S&DJR closed on 6th March 1966, but the line between Broadstone Junction and Blandford remained open to freight traffic until the closure of the goods terminal at Blandford in January 1969.
The station originally consisted of a single platform, with the up platform being added when this section of line was doubled around 1901. A signal box stood adjacent to Spetisbury Station Bridge until 1952, but there was never any sidings or goods facilities. The track was lifted through Spetisbury during April 1970.
In May 2012, work started at the station with the Spetisbury Station Project aiming to authentically restore the platforms and 1901 station building to house a visitor centre and café. The station down platform gives stunning views across the Stour Valley.
Spetisbury Station is part of the trailway and can be accessed from the road
at the parking co-ordinates by either the steps or a slope
To find the cache…
Stage 1: How many steps are there from the road up to the station? AB
Stage 2: On what date in August 1934 was the station downgraded to an unstaffed halt? CD
Stage 3: On what date in September 1956 was the station closed altogether? EF
Stage 4: What is the identification number of the standard class 5 express train pictured approaching Louse Lane bridge? GHJKL
N 50° 4(L). (B+C) (A+H) (K-D)
W 002° 0(G). (F-E) (G-F) (B+J)
Checksum for all co-ordinates = 43
The final location is a short walk from the station along the trailway
The cache is a clip and lock box within a camo bag
STEALTH MAY BE REQUIRED
PLEASE ENSURE THE CAMO BAG IS RE-CLOSED PROPERLY
AND REHIDE CAREFULLY OUT OF SIGHT
This cache belongs to the SideTracked series
More information can be found at the SideTracked website