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Lead or Rumour info - Derbyshire rail tunnel oldest in world?

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by Kangoo, May 12, 2013.

  1. Kangoo

    Kangoo 28DL Member
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    Saw a news items about a rail tunnel in Derbyshire that might be the oldest in the world and stopped by as I was in the area.

    The news item with history and images:

    BBC News - Archaeologists find 'world's oldest railway tunnel' in Derbyshire


    The southern portal is bricked up and is backing onto someones garden, this is a photo taken over the garden wall. The tunnel arch is under the double tree trunk.

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    I had a look around to get a shot of the northern portal but there is no access as it is in a back garden.

    Very interesting area with lots of bridges and bits of track in between the modern houses.
     

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  2. paulpowers

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    have a look in the lodge care home, just on the right as you go in the drive

    The BBC claim they found it but that's bollocks I was in there last year
     
  3. Kangoo

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    Did a bit more research and it appears there are/were two parallel rail systems serving the Cliff and Hilts/Old quarries. The tunnel in the photograph I took is part of the Clay Cross Co. Mineral Railway and passes under Sandy Lane in Crich (public viewing point and information board opposite the Fire Station).

    The 'new' tunnel is on the route of the Butterley Co. Mineral Railway leading down from the Hilts/Old quarry and passes under the junction of Chapel Street and Front Street in Fritchley. I found a map showing the routes which is below.

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    Bit less of a mystery now, another visit required.

    PP: Thanks for the tip
     
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