REALLY SideTracked – Mumby Road
Flanders and Swann Slow Train event No 7
A geocaching meet-up between 1.00pm and 1.30pm on Saturday 15th June, near the site of the old station at Mumby Road.
This is the next in a series of SideTracked events based on the song Slow Train by Flanders and Swann. Written in 1963, the song laments the closure of many stations and railway lines under the Beeching cuts of that era.
"No more will I go to Blandford Forum and Mortehoe,
on the slow train from Midsomer Norton and Mumby Road"
Mumby Road station looking north east in 1958.
Mumby Road, opened in 1886, was a station on the Mablethorpe Loop Line, a loop off the Great Northern Railway's East Lincolnshire Railway line from Boston to Grimsby. The line north of Mablethorpe closed in 1960, leaving Mumby Road on a spur. During the 1960s, services were run down, and the line and station closed in 1970 with other railways in east Lincolnshire as part of the Beeching Axe. Today little remains of the line, though some of the station buildings remain at Mumby Road, as well as the bridge carrying the B1449 over the former railway line.
The event will allow like-minded cachers to meet up to chat, discover and swap trackables, and view the site of the old station. Please note that there is little opportunity to park here, and no footpaths on the nearby road so care will be required. My apologies for the late submission for this event, due to personal commitments.
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(Background images - Donald Swann and Michael Flanders in concert, 1966; disused track near Dunstable Town station in 2006, copyright Nigel Cox, CC-by-SA)