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REALLY SideTracked - Sibleys

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Hidden : 5/16/2018
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The locally-promoted Elsenham & Thaxted Light Railway was intended to relieve agricultural distress and to be extended to Great Bardfield, over ten miles from Elsenham. In the event, despite the GER paying half the capital cost and a large grant of £33,000 from the Treasury, little local capital was raised and there was a five-year interlude between the granting of the Light Railway order in 1906 and the start of construction in 1911.
The line eventually stopped a mile short of Thaxted church and was opened on 1st April 1913. Typically of light railways of the period, Elsenham & Thaxted was built with few earthworks; steep gradients, only one bridge, and ungated level-crossings with cattle guards wherever possible. As a light railway, it was limited to 25 miles per hour (40 km/h) giving a journey time of 22-28 minutes. There were 5 down and 4 up trains per day on opening.
At Elsenham there was the connection with the main line and a small goods yard. The passengers were usually few in number. A few trucks generally followed the passenger coaches. The conductor/guard issued thin white paper tickets straight to the passengers like a bus conductor; there were no through bookings. The train slowed down to 10 mph for the ungated crossings picking-up or setting-down at the halts if necessary. There were no signals on the line as only one engine was used on the line at one time. The line was absorbed into the LNER on 1st January 1923.
A pleasant line in the middle of Essex it was an early victim of closure as it was slow and poorly connected for passengers and only offered two sidings for goods, so that goods services ceased only a year after passenger trains stopped running in 1952.

Sibleys was located 2 miles 78 chains (4.79 km) from Elsenham station. The station was in Sibleys Green, in the civil parish of Chickney. This one lasted a year longer until 1953 due to the sidings and transport of goods from the station. The station building was located on the east side of Chickney Road, and was later demolished after closing. Nothing remains of it.
The full name was Sibleys (for Chickney & Broxted). The train usually stopped at Sibleys to shunt by towrope. There was a goods loop at this station, so that by attaching the towrope to wagons in the adjacent loop the train engine could manoeuvre them from the other track. This diversion took up to ten minutes in the busy season.

This is a quick multi solved by looking at the telegraph pole. It is alongside the road - a quiet one, but take care all the same. I recommend driving to the final location.

On the telegraph pole, you will see BT XM 01 2I
X - 4 = A
X - 6 = B
X - 7 = C
X - 7 = D
X - 6 = E
X - 2 = F

The cache can be found at North 51 56.ABC East 00 16.DEF

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Qrrc haqre AR fvqr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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