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Report - Keele Railway Tunnel - November 2015

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Shimmy5305, Nov 26, 2015.

  1. Shimmy5305

    Shimmy5305 28DL Full Member
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    Visited with @GRONK,

    A nice little railway tunnel which took abit of slipping and sliding to find on a fine british rainy day.

    Infomation Courtesy Of http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/ -

    The tunnel at Keele follows a straight course, extending for 321 yards. A rusting single track still runs through it. Both approach cuttings are deep and secluded. The portals are plain and built in red brick, featuring buttresses either side of the entrance and masonry copings with some brickwork detailing beneath.

    The lining face exhibits six rings. Penetrating water has marked the walls with mineral deposits. There is some minor localised spalling of the brickwork, but no evidence of any repairs. The refuges, few in number, feature a segmental arch of three bricks with whitewashed areas to both sides to attract retreating platelayers.

    The extant track has been slewed onto the tunnel's centreline and is raised on a considerable ballast formation. On its west side, a troughing route's missing lids has caused it to resemble a drain, containing several inches of standing water. The other side is home to a collection of new-looking wooden sleepers, some of which have been stacked across the track near the south end to form a blockage.


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  2. raisinwing

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    Nice to see some photos of this one. It's quite a lot smaller than the one further up the line in Silverdale but a good 10 minutes or so to spend nonetheless.

    Did you carry on down to the bridge over the M6? It's a nice view. You can more or less walk the line all the way from Newcastle to Madeley Chord, it gets a bit difficult after that point as the line further than that closed much earlier.
     
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    I have a feeling we'll be going back again. Haha
     
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    Nice little derp! I do love a bit of steelwool spinning :thumb
     
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    Nice set of photos, liking the wire wool
    Like a good tunnel
     
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  6. Shimmy5305

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    Cheers for the comments.

    I'm sure we will be back again and also have a go at silverdale! aha
     
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    Hmmm...I think I might have played in the Silverdale (and/or Keele) tunnel when I was a kid. I remember walking quite a way down the rails, a lot which seems to be bike lanes now, if I'm thinking of the right place. I'll have to have a look at these places myself.
     
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    when i did it i discoverd a great looking culvert that starts in the woods and goes under the track but i wasnt equiped to do it
     
  9. MoonDog

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    Great set of pics, particularly [7] :thumb
     
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