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SideTracked - Wokingham

Hidden : 03/23/2008
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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Geocache Description:


About SideTracked caches

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 about the series can found on the SideTracked homepage.



About the area

The London & South Western Railway (LSWR) line reaching Wokingham from Ascot was opened on 9 July 1856, using running powers over the already existing South Eastern Railway (formally the Reading, Guildford & Reigate Railway) metals to reach Reading. LSWR electric services began on 1 January 1939.

Although many intermediate stations either lost or reduced ticketing facilities with multi-skilling conductor guards being introduced on trains by British Rail in 1967, Wokingham received a new station building, although regrettably, it is of the rather unphotogenic concrete (or CLASP) design, which was already standard on ex-Southern lines, with other stations being similarly treated.

Wokingham's signal box, brought into use in 1933 to replace the junction and goods yard boxes, is still in use to control the lines in the area as well as the level crossing and Wokingham Junction (the divergence of the lines to Waterloo and Guildford). It is now the only intermediate signal box between Reading, Guildford and Feltham. In the early 2000s, part of the emergency wartime loop south of the station was reinstated and electrified. Originally this was undertaken for the berthing of a peak-hour Waterloo-Wokingham service, which did materialise but was very short-lived.


Wokingham Station from the cache


About the cache

The cache is a magnetic keysafe container containing just the log. I recommend standing on the raised plinth just to the left of the transmission box, and pretend to take interest in the passing trains. Please bring your own pen/pencil to record your find.

Finally, please be very careful when retrieving and replacing the cache. Wokingham is a busy station and you will probably be observed. Please choose your moment with care.

The cache is NOT on the platform side of the wall.

Good luck.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ybj qbja haqrefvqr bs yvc, oruvaq terl/terra genafzvggre obk pybfr gb gur jnyy.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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