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. Its a distraction for the weary traveller, but anyone else can go and find it too. More Information can be found at the SideTracked Website
You are looking for a sample tube container with a log inside. You will need to bring your own pen.
REALLY Sidetracked - Oakley
This cache has been placed to celebrate Sidetracked Day 2021. It replaces https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC56WVQ, which was archived back in 2016.
Oakley railway station was built by the Midland Railway in 1857 on its extension from Leicester to Bedford and Hitchin.
It was closed to passengers in 1958 and closed completely in 1963. The station buildings remain in a dilapidated state though the goods yard is used by a haulage company.
About a mile (2 km) north of the station is the point where the Midland installed its first troughs to allow locomotives to pick up water. The river valley here is very flat, and the line crosses it seven times in the space of about 7 miles (11 km). The line is elevated because of problems with flooding.
The published coordinates are for the former station building. This is PRIVATE PROPERTY and cannot be accesssed. You do NOT need to visit these coordinates to find the cacehe.
To find the cache:
Two fatal railway crashes have occurred in the Oakley area: one on AB/CD/1938 and the other on EF/GH/1949.
The cache is at: N52 10.FA(A+F) W0 31.B(D+F)F