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This cache belongs to the SideTracked series. It is not designed to take you to a magical place with a breath taking view. It's a distraction for the weary traveller, but anyone else can go and find it too. More Information can be found at the SideTracked Website
About Dogdyke Station
Dogdyke station had two brick faced platforms and was sited immediately north of the level crossing. There was a timber waiting room with a canopy near the south end of the up platform with no buildings on the down platform. There was a signal box behind the up platform adjacent to the crossing; this controlled the crossing and access to the goods yard which comprised two sidings on the up side south of the crossing, one of them passing through a large brick built goods shed and a 1.5 ton crane. A third siding serving Sinclair's warehouse and corn mill ran behind the down platform as far as the crossing. The booking office was on the south side of the crossing. The brick building was Italianate in style consisted of a single storey building with a three storey tower and a second narrower tower alongside. This is similar to other station buildings on the loop line but at other stations the building is larger and also incorporates the stationmaster's house. This doesn't appear to be the case at Dogdyke, the windows on at least two side of the tower are bricked up. Another brick house, identical in style to some other station houses was sited in the north east corner of the goods yard and this is assumed to have been the stationmaster's house.
The station was closed to both passengers and goods on 17th June 1953. The wooden platform building was destroyed by fire in 1965.
Dogdyke was mentioned in 1964 in the song 'The Slow Train' by Flanders and Swann which laments the loss of British stations and railway lines in that era, due to the Beeching cuts, and also the passing of a way of life, with the advent of motorways etc. Click here to hear it.