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by mickemt
(Finds: 172  Score: 590.5)    (Hidden: 71  Score: 266)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 43° 00.634'   W 078° 52.695'
Tonawanda,   New York   14150
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 28 Nov 2009
Waypoint (Landmark): N02C8C
Open Cache:  Unrestricted
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Micro

Difficulty: gps half gps (easy)
Terrain: gps (easy)

Misc: No drinking water! No restrooms (water closets) available Disabled access. Pets are allowed. No fees!


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Another cache in my WNY Rail History Series.

Prior to WW I, the rails of the New York Central in Tonawanda and N. Tonawanda ran at street level, up Main St and Webster.

With increasing traffic levels, the danger to the public increased to intolerable levels, along with the traffic congestion and decreased speed of the trains.
On March 17, 1917, the NYC signed a contract with the Walsh Construction Company to build the new right of way that is currently in use. The new alignment that was chosen circled the residential area of Tonawanda, and cut through the Gastown section. This new, and elevated route eliminated all but two grade crossings in Tonawanda, as well as several in N. Tonawanda.

Early progress on the construction of the new alignment was slowed by the US entry in to WW I. The elevated section would require some 500,000 (half a million) cubic yards of fill material, which was taken from an area behind the Spaulding Fibre plant, between it and Two Mile Creek. The work on the new alignment was completed in 1922, with much of the work actually being accomplished in that year.

For the crossing of the Erie Canal, a unique bascule type lift bridge was constructed. This bridge can be seen today, and is still in use. As a side note, the bridge was only raised twice in it's entire history and the lifting machinery was removed years ago.

For several years after the construction was completed, the NYC used a temporary wooden station at Main and Roosevelt Ave, which is currently standing and in use by a local company. After years of local agitation, a new station was built at street level on te south side of Roosevelt, between Grove and Main Streets, The new depot, which opened to the public on June 3rd, 1930 featured a covered stairway and baggage elevator to the train level.

The cache itself is a micro which is handicapped accessible. Due to poor GPS reception at the site, the hint is very specific. There is NO need to leave the sidewalk

Clue decoding tables - Top letter or symbol decodes to bottom letter or symbol:



Clues:    decode

  • Hint 
    Fbhgu rnfg fvqr bs nepu< thenqenvy cbfg ol jnyy

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CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!    decode

I found it! 03 Dec 2009 by  WhiteUrkel  (Finds: 172  Score: 635)    (Hidden: 40  Score: 156)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

First find with my emergency cheap-assed Garmin Gecko, after losing my GPS 60 last weekend. It told me 14 feet at the cache, so it still kind of works, I guess. But I'm logging this a month later, and I actually had found the GPS 60. Good job on the research, pal. I grew up about 1/2 a mile from the cache site, and about 300 feet from the elevated tracks, and I didn't even know some of that stuff. I'll bet most people don't know there's a double set of tracks up there. Yes, I dangerously hung around up there as a child. The cache was found pretty quickly, although I did have to look around a little bit. TFTC and the history.


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