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REALLY SideTracked - Tolleshunt Knights

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Hidden : 4/12/2018
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The Kelvedon And Tollesbury Light Railway was an 8-mile-42-chain (13.72 km) light railway in Essex. The line, which was part of the Great Eastern Railway (GER), was authorised on 29th January 1901, although its opening was delayed until 1st October 1904.

The area served by the railway lay between the GER main line and the coast, mostly agricultural land, with fruit being a main crop. At Tiptree the jam-making firm Wilkin & Sons, founded in 1885, provided a large amount of the freight traffic; it had also been hoped that a tourist trade would ensue from the yachts moored near Tollesbury. The line became known locally as The Crab and Winkle Line.

Of the intermediate stations, only Tiptree, Tollesbury and Tolleshunt D'Arcy had substantial buildings; the others merely had an old passenger coach for accommodation. All the platforms were at a low level; there was no signalling, since only one locomotive worked the line; and only local tickets were issued on the trains; there were no through tickets to mainline stations.

The 1.75 miles (2.8 km) extension to Tollesbury Pier never brought the expected traffic. During World War I it was used for troop training on the river and was subsequently closed to passengers in 1921.The government took it over during World War II and erected defences along it.

The whole line closed for passenger traffic after the last trains on 5th May 1951. Freight traffic continued between Tollesbury Pier and Tiptree until 29th October 1951. The section between Tiptree and Kelvedon continued in use for freight traffic until 28th September 1962.


Tolleshunt Knights railway station was 4 miles 1 chain (6.46 km) from Kelvedon Low Level station. The station was opened in 1904, but was closed along with the rest of the line, on 7th May 1951, when under London And North Eastern Railway ownership.


Once again, there is no evidence that a station was here (not even a Station Road). The row of houses on the North side of Strawberry Lane follow the curve of the line as it crossed Tudwick Road and stopped on D'Arcy Road. A decrepit GER four wheel five compartment third class coach body of 1872 was the station. The line continues past a row of houses, and along what is now a tree-lined path, crossing Top Road along the way, and emerging under a bridge carrying Blind Lane. This is the most substantial evidence for a railway, and was in fact the catalyst that made me research the line. The bridge is now sadly infilled and crumbling at the joints. To get an idea of what this bridge would have looked like from underneath, I highly recommend visited Stow St Mary Halt. The only cutting on the line then followed down towards Tolleshunt D'Arcy.

The published coordinates take you to a post box where you must gather information. Stage 2 is in the waypoints, and takes you to the bridge mentioned above. From here, you can walk to the final location (please do not drive to the final!)

At the post box, you are looking for a phone number. 03YB A000606. Y + B = C.
At the bridge, you are looking for it's number. KET-DEF.

The cache can be found at North 51 47.ABC East 00 46.DEF

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Svany - Onfr bs ovt gerr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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