A small cache just outside Reading Station. Accessible to wheelchairs and buggies please procced with caution as this a very high muggle area, so maximum stealth is required
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 if some has a new cords for the location please tell me and I will update these