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SideTracked - Airedale Line: Shipley Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 01/23/2011
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Geocache Description:

The third of a series of caches based on the Airedale line from Forster Sq - GC2MQGM to Frizinghall - GC2MQN1, and Saltaire - GC2MV13

On the inside of the container lid is a LETTER on the - make a note of this for the Puzzle Cache Manningham - GC2MQY7

Gresley GNR loco passing through Shipley in 1953

When the Leeds and Bradford Railway built the first railway link into Bradford in 1846, they did not take the shortest route, but a flatter and slightly longer one up Airedale to Shipley then south along the valley to Bradford. They built stations at several places along the route, including Shipley, which opened in July 1846.

In 1847 the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway was built from Shipley to Keighley and Skipton, creating the triangle of lines which surrounds today's station. The north curve was opened in 1848 and was on a much tighter alignment than the present 1883 curve. The original curve would pass through the car park.

The Leeds and Bradford was absorbed by the Midland Railway in 1851, and the Midland successively became part of the LMS and British Railways.

The present station was built at some time between 1883 and 1892, nestling between the western (Bradford-Skipton) and eastern (Leeds-Bradford) arms of the triangle. It was designed by the Midland's architect Charles Trubshaw. Platform 3 (on the Bradford-Leeds arm) was lengthened in 1990, to serve full-length InterCity trains. The northern (Leeds-Skipton) arm of the triangle is distant from the main station, and had no platforms until May 1979. Before that time, trains on the Leeds-Shipley-Skipton run had to come through the station to the Bradford branch and reverse. From 1979, there was a single platform there, on the inside of the triangle, so Skipton-Leeds trains had to cross over to reach it. The current platform 1 on the north side was built in 1992.

It is now one of two remaining triangular stations in the UK - the other being Earlestown station in Merseyside. Ambergate station was previously triangular but only retains one platform and Queensbury station was closed to passengers in 1955.

Between 1875 and 1931 there was a second station, Shipley and Windhill - GC2G2N2 on Leeds Road very close to Shipley Station.

You are looking for a small clip lid box with logbook and pen and room for small swaps and TB's

Due to the high banking the GPS signal might be a little bit out so the spoiler photo might help.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Oruvaq fznyy fgbar - frr fcbvyre cubgb.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)