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 - Coulsdon Town
The station was opened as Smitham on 1 January 1904, and was briefly closed (between 1 January 1917 and 1 January 1919) during the First World War. It lies on a sharp curve, where the line swings away westwards from the Brighton Main Line. It is immediately adjacent to the closed Coulsdon North station on the main line, whose passenger traffic was diverted here when the latter closed on 3 October 1983. Some Tattenham Corner Line trains terminated at Smitham before returning to London, but nowadays the usual off-peak service is two trains per hour in each direction between London Bridge and Tattenham Corner. An hourly shuttle service used to be in operation during weekday off-peak hours between Purley and Tattenham Corner, but this was withdrawn in February 2015. Services to London Victoria only run during the weekday business peaks & Mon-Fri evenings, though connections are available at East Croydon or Norwood Junction at other times. The Coulsdon relief road, was opened 18 December 2006 as part of the A23, passes underneath the station and meant that some rearrangement and refurbishment of the platform access routes was required. No direct access to the London-bound platform now exists; access is via the down platform and a new footbridge or a lift.
To find the cache go to the coordinates where you will find a round blue-ish sign.
Year Smitham Station was opened= ABCD
Year Station was renamed = EFGH
The cache is a short WALK away and can be found at:
N 51 (A+C)(B+C).(A+1)(B-3)(D-3)
Bring a pen or pencil to sign the log.
PLEASE BE AWARE - This can be a busy spot with people coming and going.
Stealth is needed.
Please return the cache to exactly the same place it was found, and make sure it's tucked in out of sight.