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Report - Loddington culvert, Leicestershire, Jul13

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by The Wombat, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. The Wombat

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    After a bit of research & 2 surveys; persistence finally paid off, and found this crumbling old culvert buried in the undergrowth. Much longer and darker than we expected, it has a few changes of brickwork, and several track drainage pipes clogged with what I assume to be limescale. Was nice to get some relief from the heat, but with the water levels low, the midges were horrible.

    The GNR & LNWR joint railway line ran from Nottingham (or Newark), via Melton Mowbray, and on to Market Harborough & Northampton, built around 1879. Passenger services were only around six per day in each direction, although it was more heavily used by goods traffic. The line ran on a high embankment passing Loddington, requiring the existing tributary of the Eye Brook to be culverted under the line. Further on down the line, the main river, the Eye brook presented an engineering challenge where an impressive 14 arch viaduct was built across the valley, sadly demolished in 2001. After East Norton station, the line went through a 444 yard long tunnel, before continuing on to Hallaton. (see my previous report on East Norton tunnel) http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums...ton-hallaton-tunnel-leicestershire-feb13.html

    The line closed to regular passenger services in 1953, and finally to goods trains in 1964. This line was one of the pre Beeching cuts, and has been derelict for 50 years, so it has seen better days.

    Good to be back out on an explore with King Mongoose.


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    crumbling brickwork
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    limescale build up, I assume
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    another limescale build up drain
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    staircase to wherever
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    this one is quite sick looking
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    north portal
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    thanks for looking!
     

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