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 can be found at the SideTracked Website.
About SideTracked - Carshalton Beeches
The railway in Carshalton Beeches has been around since 1847 when track was laid between Epsom, Sutton and West Croydon but it was not until 1 October 1906 that a halt named Beeches Halt was opened in the small settlement, at the north end of Beeches Avenue (at the time called Beechnut Tree Walk). That same year a tram service between Sutton and Croydon opened. Beeches Halt was served by steam rail-motors (early multiple units) running between West Croydon and Epsom Downs.
As residential development continued, demand increased and the Sutton to London line was electrified in 1925 using 6600V, 25 Hz AC, Overhead electrification (OLE), replacing passenger steam traction. At that time the halt was upgraded, a new station built, renamed Carshalton Beeches on 1 April 1925 and the road bridge was rebuilt. The OLE was replaced by the Southern standard of 650V DC third rail in 1930.
The station's centenary was celebrated in October 2006 and in September 2010 the station foyer was completely reworked to allow a larger ticket office and for electronic ticket barriers to be put in. These are now operational. Further work was completed in 2012 giving disabled access to the London-bound platform only and also adding an area for the parking of bicycles.
There are two lavender fields within walking distance of the station. One is at Oaks Way, on the Stanley Park Allotments and is run as a not-for-profit community project; set up from the European funded BioRegional development fund. The annual Carshalton lavender harvest is held in July.The Mayfield Lavender Field is situated near Oaks Park and is just over a mile walk from the station. This is a 25-acre commercial site in Croydon Lane and, due to its size, is popular for photography and overseas visitors.
This cache is a bison tube. Bring a pen or pencil to sign the log.
PLEASE BE AWARE - This can be a busy spot with people coming and going or just simply waiting for a bus.
Extreme stealth is needed.
This cache can NOT be removed from its hiding spot, please make sure it's tucked in out of sight.