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REALLY SideTracked - Berwyn

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Hidden : 07/15/2016
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We have Motorway Mayhem. We have A-Road Anarchy (cos there aren’t many Motorways in Wales!). But what about public transport users? SideTracked Caches are intended to provide quick Cache-and-dashes at Train Stations. It is hoped this idea will spread across the country in the same way as the MMs….but if hiding one PLEASE BE SENSIBLE and remember that in this day and age, public transport is under greater scrutiny than ever before, so, although these caches should be quick and easy grabs, PLEASE don’t place a Cache where it could cause alarm!!!

Berwyn Tunnel is the longest single bore tunnel on any preserved line in the UK. It is 689 yards long (630 m) and has no smoke ventilation shafts. It is brick lined throughout due the the nature of the rock and the legacy of lead and other ore mining pits in the hillside above. The tunnel leaks water through the brickwork in wet seasons due to these mining pits.


Berwyn railway station in Denbighshire, Wales, which is just down the road from the tunnel is a railway station on the former Ruabon to Barmouth Line. The Llangollen and Corwen Railway was formed as a continuation of the Vale of Llangollen Railway to continue the line along the Dee Valley from Llangollen a further 9 miles 50 chains (15.5 km) to Corwen. The line and all stations were opened on 1 May 1865. It became part of the Great Western Railway and subsequently on nationalisation the Western Region of British Railways. Passenger services were suspended from 14 December 1964 following flood damage, and officially closed to passengers on Monday 18 January 1965. It has since been restored and reopened in 1986 as an intermediate station on the preserved Llangollen Railway. Just to the west of Berwyn Station lies Berwyn Tunnel, which at 689 yards (630 m) long presently makes it the longest single-bore tunnel and third longest tunnel on a UK Heritage Railway. Llantysilio Chain Bridge, which crosses the River Dee The adjacent Llantysilio Chain Bridge crosses the River Dee, to link the local hotel which is next to the Shropshire Union Canal with the railway halt.

Parking can be easily obtained near to GZ in the lay by for 2-3 cars for a short period of time only. Please do not block the lane! Please don't go through gate to get to GZ. If you want to see the steam train here are the best times to see it. Leaving Berwyn station 10.48, 13.08, 15.18 in the week day to get your best photo's. Weekends times are 10.08,11.08, 12.23,13.23,14.38,15.53. Of course you will catch it on the return journey but most of the engines are facing tender first coming out of the tunnel. Please do not trespass onto the line!

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*** Congratulations to The Jester Family for being FTF on 15/7/16 ***

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