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REALLY SideTracked - Trinity Railway Station Letterbox Hybrid

Hidden : 03/30/2022
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Geocache Description:

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

Part of the cycle and foot path following the route of the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway, and one of a set of four caches I have placed along it. A wee mix of a traditional (Rodney's Burrow), a couple of multi-caches (Bichrist This Tunnel Is Mingin' and Trinity Tunnel Trot) and this letterbox hybrid.

For a wee bit of background to the name of the area, Trinity was part of the lands granted by David I to his new Abbey of Holyrood in about 1128. In 1505, James IV purchased 143 acres from Holyrood, in order to establish a naval base or New Haven; and it was the western part of this Crown land that was acquired in 1713 by Trinity Hospital and developed as Trinity Mains farm. Part of the old farmhouse at Trinity Mains was used to form Hay Lodge on East Trinity Road, which was subsequently demolished. The origin of the place name is, therefore, based on the dedication of Leith's charitable institutions to the Holy Trinity.

This was the temporary (3 years, 4 months) terminus for the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven railway from 1842 until early 1846. The current building is the second station at the site, which opened later in 1846 once the railway had been extended on to Granton. Between 1842 and the railway being extended to Granton, a coach service conveyed passengers to Granton to connect with the Granton - Burntisland Ferry.

To the east of the station was a coal depot. The two facilities closed at the beginning of January 1917, due to World War I restrictions. The station reopened in February 1919, but the coal depot remained closed. The station closed permanently in November 1925. The track was lifted in 1986 and the route is now a cycle and foot path.

To work out the location of the cache, please look at the old station sundail, which has a mixture of Greek letters and Arabic numbers.

The number of groupings of Greek letters = A

The largest number of letters in a group = B

The difference between A and B = C

Let us consider that the Arabic numbers start at the top right and we follow them in a clockwise direction. The first number is M, the second N and so on.

The cache can be found at N 55° 58.(A+B)(B+B-1)(2xC)' W 3° 12.RRM' Please DO NOT remove the stamp from the cap of the cache, as it is glued in place as part of this being a Letterbox Hybrid.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Orgjvkg jbbq naq fgbar.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)