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SideTracked - Bristol Temple Meads

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Hidden : 12/23/2010
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Geocache Description:

Final cache is a 350ml box holding log and trackables. Involves approximately 1km walk from start to final location.

Please replace cache carefully.

Not a quick cache between trains, but perfectly achievable over a couple of days if you're a regular Bristol Temple Meads userr.

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Temple Meads is the largest railway station serving Bristol. It was originally built as the terminus of the Great Western Railway from Paddington, London and opened in 1840. GWR was joined by the Exter & Bristol and Bristol & Gloucester railways over the next four years as using Temple Meads as their terminus. The Bristol and South Wales Union Railway finally started to operation in 1863.

The name of the station, Temple Meads, derives from the nearby Temple Church, which was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century, rebuilt in the 14th century, and gutted by bombing during World War II. The word "mæds" is an Old English derivation of meadow, referring to the water meadows alongside the River Avon that were part of Temple parish. As late as 1820 the site was undeveloped pasture outside the boundaries of the old city, some distance from the commercial centre. It lay between the Floating Harbour and the city's cattle market, which was built in 1830.

For more information on Bristol Temple Meads Station, visit wikipedia here

Stage 1:
How many years of devoted service? This is AB

Stage 2 Co-ords:
N51° 26. ( 9 ) ( 4 + A ) ( 2 + A - B )
W2° 34. ( 3 + A + B ) ( 6 + B ) ( 8 - A )

Stage 2:
What is the significant date at the base of the green cast iron post? This is CDEF

Stage 3 Co-ords:
N51° 26 . ( D + C ) ( E ) ( D )
W2° 34. ( C + D ) ( A ) ( F - C )

Stage 3:
How many turrets can you see on this side of the passenger shed? No. turrets is G (same number of letters as the number it spells)

Stage 4 Co-ords:
N51° 26 . ( A + G ) ( E - A ) ( E )
W2° 34 . ( D ) ( D - C ) ( A - G )

Stage 4:
Looking through the green gates formerly used by the British Rail Motorail service, what are the two platform numbers that can be seen? This is H & J in ascending order. (Note you need to look a little further beyond first platform number for the second one. And no trains parked in this area will block the view of the platform numbers.)

Stage 5 Co-ords:
N51° 2 ( H + J ) . ( E + H ) ( H ) ( C + J )
W2° 3 ( J + C ) . ( B ) ( J - C ) ( G - J )

Stage 5:
What is the important GWR date on the banner carved into the wall? Digits will add upto 17. This is KLMN (Be warned - Roman numerals and fairly tricky 'font', Hint: Year created officially)

Stage 6 Co-ords:
N51° 26 . ( K + L ) ( N - M ) ( L )
W2° 3 ( N - K ) . ( N + G ) ( K + J ) ( K + N )

Stage 6:
What is the number of the metered arch you are stood in front of? This is PQ

Final Co-ords:
N51° 2 ( Q - P ) . ( K + Q ) ( P - K - C ) ( H + P )
W2° 3 ( Q - J ) . ( Q - H ) ( F + P ) ( J + M + P )

Letter A B C D E F G H J K L M N P Q

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Fgntr 1: Byq sevraq bs gur envyjnl zra.
Fgntr 2: Onfr bs gur Tngr Cbfg.
Fgntr 3: Gheergf ba gur bevtvany Ratvar Furq. Gur gheerg lbh pna bayl frr unys bs qbrf abg pbhag sebz guvf ryringrq cbfvgvba.
Fgntr 4: Cyngsbez ahzoref ner fhfcraqrq sebz gur pnabcl... W vf gjvpr U.
Fgntr 5: Purpxfhz tvira nyernql vf cerggl ovt uvag.
Fgntr 6: Ab anxrq synzrf.
Svany: Fyrrcre-b-syntr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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