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Report - Drewton railway tunnel - yorks - Nov 09

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Bugsuperstar, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. Bugsuperstar

    Bugsuperstar Irresponsible & Reckless
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    I've visited Drewton tunnel before but all the pictures completely sucked, after being inspired by a fantastic shot by Bunk3r :thumb, i thought i'd re-visit along with chauffeur and runner and try again. Nice explore, thanks fella's, all went well with a classic "he's coming to get you barbara" moment for chauffeur :p and a comedy exit from me :cool:.

    a bit of history -
    Drewton tunnel is the longest of three tunnels cut right through the wolds by Hull & Barnsley Railway, This 12 mile section contributed to the lines average cost of £59,000 per mile, the total cost of the 53 mile long line being £5.5 million. Built by 8000+ men living in nearby camps, the largest of which had a chapel and shops and was sited at Riplingham. The first goods traffic passed on 20th july 1885 and the passenger service shortly after. The 1 mile 354 yard long Drewton Tunnel was dismantled and closed in 1959.
    It would seem that the tunnels main use now is for science experiments by leeds university.

    portal
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    Tunnel
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    group shot
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    "refuge" arches run at regular intervals
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    Leeds university experiment
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    Chauffeur
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    me
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    exit
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    thanks for looking :thumb
     

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  2. Runner

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    Drewton had been on my list for ages; this was a real "got a couple of hours to kill this week" job. A couple of quick phone calls and we were off across the dark muddy fields of East Yorks.

    A few lessons learnt here:
    Wet muddy dark fields are slippery in wellies.
    Big torch batteries never last as long as you need them to.
    Underground photography is seriously addictive.

    A few pics:

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    Brickwork

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    Internal Refuge

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