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REALLY SideTracked - Fen Ditton Halt

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Hidden : 05/30/2016
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Although the halt no longer exists, this cache celebrates one of three halts on the Cambridge to Mildenhall line (Great Eastern Railway). The cache is a camouflaged 35mm film container hidden near where the halt used to be, and from GZ one can look along a footpath which follows near to where the line of the railway track once ran.


Fen Ditton Halt was opened on 20 November 1922 by the Great Eastern Railway, one of three halts actually opened on that day with the purpose of trying to attract more passengers and extra revenue. It was closed on 18 June 1962. The image below shows the halt, its name sign and the path coming down from the road above (which goes over the railway track via a hump back bridge which no longer exists).

Darren Kitson (on the Disused Railways website www.disused-stations.org.uk) says that "In railway terms a halt is a small, unstaffed station; on other lines a halt may be provided with a proper but rudimentary platform and waiting shelter, but Fen Ditton is typical of a number of ground-level halts which once existed across the country. This halt was provided with a cinder 'platform' which was faced by old sleepers some time after opening. It was 30ft in length with a nameboard, an oil lamp, a trespass warning sign and sloping pathway up the embankment, gated at the top end"

Like the other halts on the Cambridge to Mildenhall line - Exning Road and Worlington - Fen Ditton was located on the up side of the line and on the Cambridge side of the bridge.

This map shows Fen Ditton Halt between Barnwell Junction and Quy Station

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Cambridge-to-Mildenhall Branch Line Souvenir Badge

If you have logged ALL 12 of the SideTracked caches on the Cambridge-to-Mildenhall branch line, award yourself this souvenir badge for your profile (instructions below).
The branch-line caches are listed bellow. To earn the badge you can log them in any order and take as much or as little time as you like.

SideTracked - Cambridge Station (GC6V0YG)
REALLY SideTracked - Barnwell Junction (GC6N6PN)
REALLY SideTracked - Fen Ditton Halt (GC6JTG7)
REALLY SideTracked - Quy Station (GC6FYM8)
REALLY SideTracked - Bottisham & Lode Station (GC6FGN6)
REALLY SideTracked - Swaffham Prior Station (GC6GRBA)
REALLY SideTracked - Burwell Station (GC5RTF4)
REALLY SideTracked - Exning Road Halt (GC6CD2M)
REALLY SideTracked - Fordham Station (GC6A40R)
REALLY SideTracked - Isleham Station (GCZ50) (GC6QD99)
REALLY SideTracked - Worlington Halt (GC60MXT)
REALLY SideTracked - Mildenhall Station (GC6R5VT)

1. Go to your Public Profile.
2. Select Edit Profile.
3. Under Bio, paste this HTML code:

<img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/gs-geo-images/83724401-a186-4491-a33b-1ed6bb98d6a8_l.jpg">

4. Select Save Changes.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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