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SideTracked - Northolt

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Hidden : 08/13/2009
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Side Tracked caches have become a nationwide series of caches for public transport users. They are intended to provide quick cache-and-dashes at or nearby railway stations. Caches can be found close to stations of the national rail network and well as heritage railways. For more information on the SideTracked series of caches can be found at click here.


The first railway station opened at this location was in 1903 on what was called the New North Main Line. The New North Main Line was a double track line constructed as a joint project by the Great Central Railway and The Great Western Railway. The reason for the line was to give both companies improved access between London and Birmingham and thus provide an alternative to the major operator between these to two cities, namely the London and North Western Railway.

On 21st November 1948 the current Underground station was opened, thirteen years after the westerly expansion (from North Acton) of the Central Line had been announced. The original halt was on the New North Main Line was closed and the volume of traffic steady decreased which resulted in the singling of the double track in 1991 between Northolt Junction and Greenford. The New North Main Line is still in daily use; Chiltern Line operate one train service on weekday to London Paddington to maintain driver route knowledge, freight trains can be seen along with the occasional steam locomotive hauled special train.

The stated co-ordinates are close to the entrance of the station. Inside the station booking hall you will see a sign with details of local buses and other local information from which you need to gather information to find the cache.


Z = The number of letters in the word before 'Manor Road'

Y = The number of letters in the penultimate word on the top line of the sign

X = The total number of letters in the names of the towns shown for bus stop B plus the answer to U divided by 4

W = The total number of letters in the last place name shown for bus stop A minus 1

V= y plus U

U = Half the number of bus stops

The cache can be found at N51 32.XYZ W000.22.UWV

You are looking for a camo 35mm film container, please bring your own pen or pencil to sign the logsheet



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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Oenapu ba gur fbhgufvqr bs gur znva gehpx frpherq ol n pnoyr gvr nobhg 5 srrg nobir tebhaq yriry. Cyrnfr qb abg erzbir gur pnpur sebz vg'f frpher ybpngvba. Hafperj gur terra gbc naq erzbir gur ybtfurrg, lbh znl arrq gb hfr gjrrmref

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)