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.
To find the cache you will need to visit the information board at the site of the station and find answers to two simple questions. The cache is nearby but not accessible from this street.
About the First Helensburgh Station
The first Helensburgh Station was opened on 1 January 1889 and was between two tunnels on the Wollongong Line. The original station was 2.7 metres wide and 60 metres long, later extended to 98 metres. The station only lasted to 1914 when a deviation created fewer tunnels and a double track.
It was thought the station was demolished but the platform was rediscovered in 1994 when the remains were uncovered. It is likely the remains of the rest of the platform are still underground. The tunnel is known as the Metropolitan Tunnel and is 624 metres long.
The tunnel is well known for the glow worms which are found there.
The station is behind a locked gate erected in 2018, and appears to only open at certain times, probably on weekends. January is glow worm breeding season and the tunnel was closed for the whole month. It is not clear when the tunnel is accessible so let the CO know in your log.
The glow worms are threated by poor visitor behaviour. If you wish to visit, waterproof boots and lights are needed as water builds up as you walk into the tunnel. Do not touch the glow worms and don’t make excessive noise.
The cache is not behind the locked gate, so it is accessible at all times. The cache is a short distance from the coordinates given.
As of October 2020 the gate to the railway tunnel is locked. The CO will appreciate an update if it is reopened.
Finding the cache.
GZ is located at:
S 34 10.7 AB
E 150 59.60 Y
To find AB and Y visit the Information Board outside the station site.
- What was the Year when the platform sign was discovered by accident?
From this year subtract the Year 1925.
AB two remaining digits
- Read the text on the last line on the right hand side. How many letters are in the middle word on the last line?
Y is the number of letters in this word
Congratulations to Brewmaker and MrWhisker76 on the First to Find.
You can check your answers for this puzzle on GeoChecker.com.