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SideTracked - Helsby Junction Mystery Cache

Hidden : 08/05/2019
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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

Helsby Junction is the name of the signal box located between platform 2 and 3 at Helsby Station.

This signal box controls train movements between Mickle Trafford, Helsby and Frodsham on the mainline and between Ellesmere Port and Helsby on the branch line.

Helsby Junction Signal Box is a late example of the design, built in 1900 to replace an 1870s signal box on a slightly different site. The signal box is on the island platform at Helsby Station, to the north-east of the station building and waiting shelter both date to 1849 and are listed Grade II. Helsby Junction Signal Box was extensively renovated in circa 2003, winning a National Railway Heritage Award in 2004.

In order to find the final cache container you will need to find the Helsby station passenger usage for the years 2016/17 and 2017/18 and work out the following:

(Annual rail passenger usage, this is the annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Helsby from Office of Rail and Road data)

The cache is at N53. 16 ABC W002 45.DEF

ABC is the final 3 digits of the 2017/18 passenger use - 51

DEF is the final 3 digits of the 2016/17 passenger use - 41

The final cache container can be found a short walk from the station

You are looking for a container that only contains a log, so you will need to bring your own pen.

Happy caching

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Haqre gur fnaqfgbar yrqtr

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)