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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
Helsby Station is over 150 years old having opened on 1st July l863.
It is the junction between two railway lines, the Chester to Manchester line and a line to Ellesmere Port and Liverpool.
The old station waiting room, which has been perfectly restored is now in use as the Helsby Tap Room, a craft ale bar.
The station also has a manual signal box located on the island platform
Helsby Junction is the name of the signal box.
This signal box controls train movements between Mickle Trafford, Helsby and Frodsham on the mainline and between Ellesmere Port and Helsby on the branch line.
Helsby Junction Signal Box is a late example of the design, built in 1900 to replace an 1870s signal box on a slightly different site. The signal box is on the island platform at Helsby Station, to the north-east of the station building and waiting shelter both date to 1849 and are listed Grade II. Helsby Junction Signal Box was extensively renovated in circa 2003, winning a National Railway Heritage Award in 2004.
The cache only has a log in it, so you will need a pen and every cacher has a pen with them.
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