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Report - Dudley Rail Tunnel, August 2014

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Altair, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Dudley Rail Tunnel​


    Solo wander while I was in Dudley for a few days for work. So after returning to our hotel my colleagues decided to hit the hotel bar/restaurant but being happier underground and with an hour to kill before dinner, I thought I'd check this place out. Definitely one to revisit in the winter when the brambles have died down. Spent so much time hacking my way through the undergrowth, I only had enough time to make it half way before returning to the car. Oh well, perfect excuse to revisit for the through trip!​


    History

    Dudley Railway Tunnel is a railway tunnel located near to the former Dudley railway station in Dudley, West Midlands, England. It was opened in 1850 to allow the Oxford-Worcester-Wolverhampton Line between Stourbridge and Wolverhampton to pass for several hundred yards beneath a hilly area of Dudley which would have been difficult if not impossible to have constructed a railway through. At Dudley the OWWR and South Staffordshire Line to Walsall met.

    The tunnel was regularly used by passenger trains until 1964, when the town's station closed along with the remaining passenger stations on the line, although goods trains were still allowed to use the line. It finally closed to all trains on 19 March 1993, when the section of railway between Walsall and Brierley Hill was closed after 143 years in use. A cable laying train passed through the tunnel on 2 July 1993 - nearly four months after the line was officially closed.

    As of 2014, the tunnel is still closed and steel gates have been placed at both ends. Although there are proposals to reopen the railway line between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill via Dudley as part of an extension to the Midland Metro,[2] these plans have yet to come to fruition, and would not make use of the tunnel.

    The re-opening of Dudley tunnel and the railway on which it runs would also make an ideal diversion route for passenger trains if the need arose, although the idea of re-introducing passenger trains on the route (as was proposed back in 1997) seems unlikely to proceed.​



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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     
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  2. Lenston

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    Nice that mate, dont often see them with two tracks let alone both still in there, nice images :thumb
     
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    Nice, cant believe i haven't been to see this yet... its like 2 mins away from me. some good shots there.
     
  4. The Wombat

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    Very nicely lit shots :thumb
     
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    I have a soft spot for old rail tunnels such as this

    Nicely captured, the pics are sweet man :thumb
     
  6. Speed

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    Im surprised much track is left. Every time im down there there's people down there knocking the clips off for scrap!
     
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    Doubt the clips would even be worth much as it'd class as heavy melting steel most likely, and you need loads of that before you make a profit. Also, rail is bloody heavy, and getting a vehicle into the tunnel through all that vegetation unnoticed would be near impossible!
     
  8. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Thanks for the comments guys, appreciated. Can safely say there was no one there stealing clips, no one else was stupid enough to tackle the undergrowth!
     
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    Nice one. Needs more trains.
     
  10. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Cheers fudge. Sorry about lack of trains though :(
     
  11. tthgrndr

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    Good to see DRT again!

    I've been meaning to head back for quite a while. Maybe in winter :)

    P.S. the other entrance is much less brambly!
     
  12. Gary Crutchley

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    You have some superb images here, well done. I've found the north portal hard to access, did you find a route down to it?
     
  13. Matt Dwyer

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    Awesome pics mate, I'll have to visit soon
     
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