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REALLY SideTracked - Kelvedon Low Level

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Hidden : 4/10/2018
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Geocache Description:

The Kelvedon And Tollesbury Light Railway was an 8-mile-42-chain (13.72 km) light railway in Essex. The line, which was part of the Great Eastern Railway (GER), was authorised on 29th January 1901, although its opening was delayed until 1st October 1904.

The area served by the railway lay between the GER main line and the coast, mostly agricultural land, with fruit being a main crop. At Tiptree the jam-making firm Wilkin & Sons, founded in 1885, provided a large amount of the freight traffic; it had also been hoped that a tourist trade would ensue from the yachts moored near Tollesbury. The line became known locally as The Crab and Winkle Line.

Of the intermediate stations, only Tiptree, Tollesbury and Tolleshunt D'Arcy had substantial buildings; the others merely had an old passenger coach for accommodation. All the platforms were at a low level; there was no signalling, since only one locomotive worked the line; and only local tickets were issued on the trains; there were no through tickets to mainline stations.

The 1.75 miles (2.8 km) extension to Tollesbury Pier never brought the expected traffic. During World War I it was used for troop training on the river and was subsequently closed to passengers in 1921.The government took it over during World War II and erected defences along it.

The whole line closed for passenger traffic after the last trains on 5th May 1951. Freight traffic continued between Tollesbury Pier and Tiptree until 29th October 1951. The section between Tiptree and Kelvedon continued in use for freight traffic until 28th September 1962.


Kelvedon Low Level station was the western terminus of the Kelvedon and Tollesbury light railway. It opened in 1904 and closed in 1951. There was a single terminal platform on the southeastern side of the Great Eastern Main Line and a steep (1 in 50) incline connecting the line to the main line. A footpath linked the low level station to the main Kelvedon railway station, which was at the time known as Kelvedon High Level.


The published coordinates are where the former station was. Check the waypoints for a view of it. If you look across the field, you can see an embankment which carried the train line down to the station. From here, it carried along for a short distance parallel to the main line, before making a sharp turn and pulling into Feering Halt.

The cache is a reasonably simple mystery that leads to the final. You must do some online research about the area.

- A packhorse bridge carrying traffic from Norfolk and Suffolk to London was built over the River Blackwater around C7B0.
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- What year was the "Prince Of Preachers" born? = 1EAD

The cache can be found at North 51 50.ABC East 00 42.DEF

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Svany: Fyvzl

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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