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.
A REALLY SideTracked cache is usually placed at former railway stations, those that are unused or heritage.
More Information can be found at the SideTracked Website
About Bibra lake Station
These sidetracked caches are placed to remember the Fremantle to Armadale rail line.
It was completed in July 1907 and closed to passengers in the 1950’s but was still used for freight for a few more years. The railway line has been removed in most places and evidence that the line even existed is slowly being erased.
I could not find much information for this station but here is an extract from a newspaper at the time when the first train went from Fremantle to Armadale. The train was packed with politicians and dignitaries. This description is the journey from the Spearwood Station to Bibra Lake Station.
The cache is a 1litre sistema container painted black
Empire (Fremantle, WA : 1907 - 1908), Saturday 27 July 1907, page 2
Through more cuttings and over embankments in a country abundantly supplied with timber, where the axe is making ready to supply the railway with freight and our hearths with warmth, and in the distance a view of Bibra Lake, beloved of excursionists, for there the wild duck lingers, a prey for the deadly gun; a lake which may become both popular and picturesque when the rush and sedge is cleared from its bosom. "Pity that the lake cannot be placed under the control of the Caves Board of Wanneroo, which seems to be able to get money from the government," said a local parliamentarian, as he proceeded to draw a picture of what it might be, once cleared, with boats upon its waters, and a big boarding house by its side.
Here is the Lake station, and so we get back to the old familiar road traversed by the James expedition, and beclouded by the dust raised by many vehicles when the sun shines on Jandakot show day. And as we pass on here are the homesteads where the four years since explorers gathered a mighty crop of figures relative to the wonderful yields of tomatoes and cabbages from those settlers who, coming out with half-a-crown in their pockets, had built up competencies from market gardens.
The full article which describes the entire journey can be found here