Another in the SideTracked series, this one is at the penultimate station on the District Line.
The station at Upminster Bridge opened with platforms on the local electric lines on 17 December 1934. It is named after a nearby crossing of the River Ingrebourne, which was the boundary between the ancient parishes of Hornchurch and Upminster.
The station consists of a central island platform between the tracks that are elevated on a railway embankment. There are four tracks through the site although there are no platforms for the c2c lines. The full length of the platform is covered by a single station canopy with a central waiting room.
The Art Deco red brick ticket office is located below platform level to which it is connected by a subway and stairway. Although similar to the other single-storey station buildings on this part of the route, it is notable for its high atrium roof and polygonal shape. The floor is tiled with a reversed swastika pattern, a popular decorative design at the time the station was constructed. The station is listed as a building of local heritage interest by Havering London Borough Council.
It is said that Upminster Bridge is the only station on the whole network to have an old red phone box in the station building, although there's no actual phone in it anymore!.
This is my FOURTH attempt at a cache at this location, and the fourth different type of cache. This one is a little less ambitious than the last one. Let's hope it doesn't disappear like the others!
The cache is somewhere under the bridge....
PLEASE BE CAREFUL when retrieving it. Try not to drop it. Also note that tweezers will now be required.