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Sidetracked - Reading Traditional Geocache

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Wilburii: I put this cache in place when I was working in Reading, and although I've not worked there since 2009, I've been able to get back there on and off to keep it going. Until this year! My contracts in Manchester and Newcastle have meant I haven't been able to stop off to get things sorted. So now, as it's obviously gone AWOL and I'm not going to be able to get it up and running before the end of February at the earliest, I sadly think it's time to put this one to bed. Now the field is clear maybe someone else can put in a Sidetracked - Reading cache and perhaps I'll be able to claim it some time!

Many thanks to all those who've visited.

Hidden : 10/12/2007
2 out of 5
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   other (other)

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Geocache Description:

A nano cache just outside Reading Station. Accessible to wheelchairs and buggies but might be a bit high for wheelchair occupants!

About SideTracked

We have Motorway Mayhem. We have A-Road Anarchy (cos there aren’t many Motorways in Wales!). But what about public transport users?
SideTracked Caches are intended to provide quick Cache-and-dashes at Train Stations.

It is hoped this idea will spread across the country in the same way as the MMs….but if hiding one PLEASE BE SENSIBLE and remember that in this day and age, public transport is under greater scrutiny than ever before, so, although these caches should be quick and easy grabs, PLEASE don’t place a Cache where it could cause alarm!!!

About Reading Train Station

Reading railway station opened at the end of March 1840 when it marked the western end of the original Great Western Railway. A year later and the line had stretched to Bristol. For all his engineering expertise Brunel's station design seem to have left something to be desired as all the trains stopping at the station had to cross the tracks of the down through trains.

The original station was replaced in 1860 and can still be seen if you approach from the town centre - it's the bit with the clock tower. The rest of the station was hugely revamped in 1989 with the completion of the Brunel shopping arcade which has a number of small outlets including Boots the chemist, WH Smith and, most recently, a Marks and Spencer food outlet.

According to the Wikipedia entry T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) lost his original draft of his book "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" at the station when he left his briefcase behind whilst changing trains at Reading.

Also according to the Wikipedia entry Reading station had a passenger throughput last year of 13.5 million. No wonder it gets a bit crowded in the rush hours.

To find the cache use the exit near the M&S unit. You don't need to cross any roads. I had trouble getting my GPSr readings to duplicate, so the coordinates given are an average of readings taken over several days.

If you want to know what you're looking for the nano cache is one from Box64.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Urnq sbe gur qvfnoyrq npprff gb gur EnvyNve Ybhatr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)