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.
Feering Halt station was opened by the London And North Eastern Railway, which had acquired the Kelvedon route upon the 1923 Grouping as part of the Great Eastern Railway. The halt was closed, along with the rest of the line, on 7th May 1951.
At Feering, the line crossed the old A12. The crossing of which took 5 to 10 minutes as the gates were operated by the fireman. Feering was an unmanned halt, and the traffic caused considerable delays. Today nothing can be seen of the former train station. Housing estates have been built over, completely destroying any evidence. The cache is placed at the exact location of the former halt. I wonder if the current residents have any idea of the history below their feet?