This two-stage multi geocache is part of the SideTracked series that is popular in the UK and throughout the world. It is designed to be a relatively quick cache find around train stations for travellers but, of course, anyone else can find it too! There's a small pencil included but it's always good to bring your own writing implement to sign the log.
To learn more about the series, visit the website at the following link...
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Asquith Railway Station was opened on 1st November, 1915. It was opened as a passenger station on the Main Northern line, being located between Hornsby Junction (opened September 1886) and Mt. Colah Railway Station (originally named ‘Colah’) which had been opened on 1st July, 1887. Asquith remains in service as a passenger station on the Northern line.
Asquith was named after British Prime Minister, Henry Herbert Asquith, Earl of Oxford and Asquith. The station was opened as a result of a land development by Messrs. R. Halloran & Co.
The present station building at Asquith retains some of its original features (rusticated weatherboard). Some improvements have been carried to other structures on the platforms, mainly associated with the 1980s extensions to the electrification of the northern line and the later upgrades to suit passenger facilities.
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At all times, for safety, you must remain behind the YELLOW LINE on the platform while searching for the information you need.
According to the regulations, anyone entering a railway platform must have tapped on with their Opal Card, even if they don't intend to board a train. After gathering the information for this cache, they can then tap off. That will reverse the transaction. Apparently, transport inspectors can and occasionally do check the Opal Cards of people on railway platforms.
To find this cache, go to Platform 2 and look for the following:
A = The number of fluorescent light fittings (not tubes) underneath the awning located nearest the entrance/exit path.
B = The last digit after "HY", on the green electrical box, on the power pole, located between the platform and road, at the southern end.
C = The last digit of the Passenger Transport Regulation year at the Emergency Help Point.
Now go over to Platform 1 and find the following:
D = The number on the top left corner of the white ticket office window frame.
E = The last digit of the number on the top right corner of the big blue box (not the Opal box) located on the platform to the right after you enter.
F = The number of white and orange "Asquith" signs on silver light poles on Platform 1 facing the tracks.
Checksum (digits above) = 38
The cache is located at:
3801 near the Hawkesbury River
Did you know that NSW has a geocaching association? Geocaching NSW aims to enhance and improve the activity of geocaching and holds regular events where geocachers meet to enjoy their common interests. Visit the association website here.