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Sidetracked - Bradford Exchange Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 08/25/2011
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Geocache Description:

Cache near where the old Bradford Exchange station was before it was demolished and replaced by the Interchange.

Last steam train from Bradford Exchange to Leeds - 1967

The original Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway terminus in Bradford was situated at Adolphus Street - GC2FHMX, but the facilities were inadequate and inconveniently situated. The station was closed to passengers in 1867 and the line was extended into Exchange station situated closer to the city centre near to the wool exchange, after which it was named.

By the 1880's this too was outgrown and a 'new' 10 platform Exchange station was built on the site. The terminus was modelled on London Kings Cross with two arched roofs, each 100 feet wide and 450 feet long. It was a joint project between the L&YR & the Great Northern. Each company had five platforms which were operated independently from each other; crossing over meant using Mill Lane junction half a mile up the 1 in 50 gradient out of the station.

There were two separate booking offices, an arrangement which continued until January 1940. By the 1970's, the station was deemed too large for the volume of transport using it,and in 1973 the station was closed and replaced by a smaller four platform station fifty yards up the track.

The adjoining Bridge Street goods depot was demolished around the same time and a bus & coach station was built on the site. The old station was demolished in 1976 and the site was used as a car park and in 1983 the new station was renamed Bradford Interchange. The new crown court was built on the site of the original station in 2000

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