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SideTracked - Gatwick Airport

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Hidden : 3/23/2011
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This is Gatwick Airport SideTracked. The cache is a screw top bison tube will take a round trip of around 2km from the station.

This is a continuation of the SideTracked series although as this station is a bit different, so is the cache (meaning it is a multi) around.

Gatwick Airport Station

Gatwick Airport station is the railway station at London Gatwick Airport that provides a direct rail connection to London 43 km away. The station platforms are located directly below the airport's South Terminal, and the ticket office is adjacent to that terminal's concourse. The station is currently one of 18 in the United Kingdom to be managed by Network Rail. Train services are provided by Gatwick Express, Southern, First Capital Connect and First Great Western. When viewed from air (or in satellite imagery), the present station building's British Rail logo that is etched on the top of the roof is visible.

There used to be two stations at Gatwick, firstly the station originally named Gatwick was built on the present site in September 1891 to serve the Gatwick Racecourse which originally operated only on race days. The facilities included passing loops and sidings to hold race trains without impeding the Brighton Main Line. The sidings were extended during the First World War to be able to accommodate munitions trains heading for Newhaven.

From 1946 until 1958 Gatwick station was renamed Gatwick Racecourse, even though racing had been abandoned in 1940 and not been re-instated after the Second World War. In fact the station had fallen out of use following the opening of the nearby Tinsley Green/Gatwick airport station. However, during the early 1950s the airport was expanded and took over the land occupied by the racecourse, and the station was entirely rebuilt and integrated with the new airport terminal. The new buildings opened on 27 May 1958 with a regular train service, and the station took over the name Gatwick Airport.

The second station that was located here was opened on 30 September 1935 and was sited 0.85 miles south of the present station. It was originally named Tinsley Green but within a year became Gatwick Airport following the completion of the Beehive airport terminal which had a direct connection to the station. The airport was requisitioned by the Royal Air Force in 1940, but in 1952 the British government decided that it would form London's second airport. The 1935 station continued in operation until 27 May 1958 when the new Gatwick Airport station opened. The station has been demolished and the only visible remains of the old station are sections of the former up slow line platform. Sections of the connecting subway between the station and the original terminal building (The Beehive) also survive.

Over 11 million people pass through Gatwick every year.

Gatwick Airport station is probably the world's first station dedicated to serving an airport.

The cache contains a log book only, you will need to bring a pen or pencil with you to sign it.

To find the cache work out V, X, Y and Z

At the given co-ordinates is the ticket hall for the station, this can be accessed from the platform if you have a ticket or from the airport if not. You will find here the numbers for A and B, then C at the second stage which will allow you to find the cache.

I have provided photos with descriptions to act as guide to get out correctly of the airport.

Stage 1
How many manned ticket desks are there? = A
How many wide ticket machines are there? = B

V = [A-(B/3)+3]*100
X = [(A+B)*41]+10

Stage 2 = N51 09.V W000 09.X
On the west side how many are yellow? = C

Cache = N51 09.Y W000 09.Z

Y = V+C+5
Z = X-4-(20*C)

When placing the cache many many trains went past so take a while to enjoy it if you want.

Enjoy the cache!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Va nypbir ng onfr bs gerr

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



  • Step 1When you have collected all the answers and calculated the coordinates from the station lobby, head for the exit and airport terminals.
  • Step 2When coming out of the station lobby take a left turn and U-turn around the currency exchange then head through the yellow exit towards “Taxis, Car rental, Hotels, Exit, Buses & Coaches, All car parks”.
  • Step 3After going through the colourful yellow exit, you will find yourself in a corridor with a travelator. Either walk through to the end or take the travelator, the choice is yours!
  • Step 4When you get to the end you will be walking out into the departures entry upper level. You will want to be on the lower level so head left and take the escalator or ramp down.
  • Step 5You will come out on the lower level with bus stops on the left. I managed to get GPS signal at Bus Stop 7 which is very close to where you come out into the bus stop area.
  • Step 6You are now ‘outside’ and should be able to find Bus Stop 7. As I said before I managed to get GPS signal here then head to GZ. If you cannot, you are able to walk in either direction, get signal and find the obvious route to continue to stage 2.
  • Summary and Return RouteTo get back to the airport terminal, simply reverse all steps or if you are heading somewhere else there are lots of helpful staff and signs all over the airport. This shows the summary of the route you have/will take from station to bus stop.

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