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Choo Choo #10: Reliant

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Hidden : 12/15/2011
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Choo Choo Reliant

 

 

The purpose of this series is to ride Houston METRO rail, doing a cache at each stop.  You can, of course, do them without riding the rails, but then this series becomes a collection of pointless micros in meaningless locations.  The series is 15 stops, going from Fannin South to Preston.

I don't care for nano containers.  But, if you've found thirty caches you've probably run across these annoying little critters.  They're about the size of the last joint of your little finger.  If I were King of Caching I would require a written justification for using them.   But, since they're so widely used and it seemed like the only practical way to do this series, I'm using them -- por favor, perdóname. 

Since the objective of this series is riding the rail, not finding the caches, I'm giving an explanation and pictures for each cache hoping to make them easy to find.  And, I haven't jammed in a full log so, hopefully, the logs are fairly easy to get it out and put it back.  Since the log is very small, please use only your initials (no date), and try to use as little space as practical. In case you've never encountered one of these before, to replace the log, put it in the cap -- not in the bottom (see picture on dime).  This way it's easy to screw the cap on and you won't mangle the log while closing the container.   I suggest you bring along an unfolded paperclip or pointed tweezers to extract the log.

Initially the cache was where it's shown in the picture, but many cachers don't replace the container where they found it, so after a few finds there's no telling where it may be.  If you find it somewhere else please put it back where I had it originally. 

 I placed the caches going southbound but you can do the series going either north or south on Metrorail Red Line.  The SB or NB in the title indicates  whether they're closer to the northbound or southbound platforms.  If there's no SB or NB in the title it's a wash. 

During the week trains come every six minutes and every 12 minutes on weekends.  But, you probably can't do many of these caches in under 6 minutes.  With one ticket you can get on and off the train at each station as long as you travel in the same direction and complete the trip within three hours. 

Assuming you do the series at one time please say in your log how long it took.  It took me five hours to put them out.   It may be possible to do them in four hours, but you probably shouldn't dawdle.

All these descriptions started out the same except for the hints and pictures of the individual locations.  But, so I don't have to change all the cache pages if I modify the description, the most up-to-date description will be for Choo Choo Reliant

I reemphasize, please sign only your initials (no date). 
Replacing logs is a real chore for me.  I'm quite a distance
from downtown and it takes me about as long to replace
them as it does you to do the series. 

Stuff Added After Original Publication

The series now goes from Fannin South to Preston
15 stops

The trains only run every 12 minutes on weekends rather than 6 minutes during the week. But, you probably can't do many of these caches in under 6 minutes anyway. 

If you're over 65 you can ride all METRO buses and trains for half-fare. If you're over 70 you can ride free. You'll need to get a Q card at the Downtown Transit Center, so you have to drive or pay full fare to get there. There's no parking near this location so a friend let his wife circle while he got his card and then they swapped places while she got hers.

Click here
for another kind
of rail fare

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Vg'f haqre gur fbhgurnfg pbeare bs gur cyngr gung'f ng gur onfr bs gur ovt cbyr ubyqvat hc gur genssvp fvtany.

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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