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REALLY SideTracked - Albert Road Bridge Halt

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Hidden : 09/19/2016
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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About Albert Road Bridge Halt


The Southsea Line ran between Fratton and East Southsea. It was opened in 1885 to cater mainly for daytrippers and holidaymakers. Two intermediate stops were opened in 1904 at Jessie Road and Albert Road. The line was a moderate success, but services halted in 1914 amid competition from the growing tram network (see GC6FR34 Portsmouth's trams) and economic pressures following the beginning of World War 1. The line was declared closed following the Railways Act of 1923, and the track removed. Three road bridges (over Albert Road, Jessie Road and Goldsmith Avenue) were removed at the same time. Little trace remains of the Southsea Line today, but have a look at a street map of Portsmouth: you can clearly see the curve of the roads following the line of the railway between Fratton station and Granada Road.

Albert Road Bridge Halt (sometimes called Highland Road) was opened in 1904, one of two new intermediate stations opened that year. It was built on the north side of the bridge earlier constructed over Albert Road to accommodate the railway line. The halt was closed along with the rest of the Southsea Line in 1914, and the bridge was demolished soon after. Nothing remains of the railway infrastructure, but not far south-west of here you can find a road called 'Old Bridge Road', where there used to be a bridge over the railway. The photo above was taken from that bridge, looking north towards the Albert Road bridge, behind which was Albert Road Halt. Look north from the cache and you will see a sign that says 'Festing Buildings' - this is where the line ran, under the Albert Road bridge and through what is now a playing field.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Evqr gur Fbhgufrn Yvar sbe ybj, ybj snerf.

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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