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Report - Lydbrook Tunnel - Monmouth - Wales - July 14

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Lenston, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. Lenston

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    Been meaning to get here for a while along with some other interesting places in the area, only a small tunnel but met more people in here than all of the other tunnels put together, stunning view over the railway bridge that once went into the tunnel

    Some History ( Forgotton Relics )

    1873 marked the opening of the Ross & Monmouth Railway which crossed the River Wye twice and penetrated two outcrops of rock with tunnels. The longer of these, at 630 yards, had its south portal at Welsh Bicknor but took the name Lydbrook. It was situated across the water from Lydbrook Junction Station where the Severn & Wye line branched off towards Lydney.

    Both sides of the approach cutting benefit from lengthy retaining walls, resulting in a rather diminutive portal. Inside the tunnel is stoned-lined at both ends, giving way to a brick lining through its central section. Parts of the roof near the northern end have been repaired in red brick and bulging is apparent in places. Trains travelled on a northerly course through the southern half of the single-track bore before taking a tight curve to the west. Refuges of varying dimensions are provided throughout and cable hangers remain in situ on the west wall. Like its distant sibling, the north portal is also flanked by retaining walls. Maps suggest that there was an air shaft around 140 yards from the southern entrance but there is no sign of this within the tunnel.

    Whilst the through route was closed in 1959, the northern section of line - including the tunnel - remained operational until 1st November 1965 to serve the AEI cable works siding at Lydbrook Junction. By the summer of 1967, the tracks were gone and the tunnel bricked up. Since then, large holes have formed in both walls providing easy access, although flooding affects the southern end.

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    The view down river
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    We spotted this on the way out and its one of the reasons why we will be heading back ;)
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    Thanks for looking
     
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  2. The Wombat

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    Fantastic mate
    you consitantly find new and interesting stuff
    I wander why the bricks were smashed through
     
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    Nice job mate. Did you have a little wander on the other side of the river by any chance.......??
     
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    Nicely lit :thumb
     
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    Thats for the return trip mate :)
     
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    Shit man, that entrance looks amazing! :thumb
     
  7. wellingtonian

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    Well worth a look, but keep an eye out for this miserable bugger.... :eek:

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    We did have a quick look mate and all was quiet, time was against us this time
     
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    Oh Yes :wanker
     
  10. Skirrid

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    Really nice photos. :thumb
    As a local who walks through this tunnel regularly I have never seen it so dry. There's normally a few inches of water for the first 100 metres or so.

    P.S. Not sure why this is listed as being in Wales as it's well in England.
     
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    Thanks for your message, yeah your right it should be listed in England.
     
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    I remember this tunnel on one visit a few years ago. Mainly because one of the other explorers took a jungle poo inside it. Hope you didn't find that @Lenston :eek:
     
  13. Lenston

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    Luckily no ;)
     
  14. tumbles

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    We met some of the finest locals on that bridge one trip in 2008

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