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Report - Miley Tunnel - Preston - March 2014

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Will Knot, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    The Explore.........

    Another small trip out with 'Little Will Knot' :), my son after enjoying his recent first explore with me around Huncoat Power Station :D........this was a greater challenge as the above tunnel is pitch black :eek: and silently creepy :( never to mention the ghostly stories.......anyway we managed to brighten up the place :cool

    A Bit of History.........

    Deepdale Bridge station was on the Longridge Branch Line in Preston, Lancashire. The former branch to Longridge was connected to the main line at Preston via a series of three tunnels - collectively known as Miley - which took it under the district of Deepdale, north of the town centre.

    The station opened in 1856 as a replacement for Deepdale Street railway station which until then had been the Preston passenger terminus of the line. The new station lay on an extension, built in 1850, which connected to the earlier line near the level crossing in Skeffington Road. The extension passed through the 862-yard Miley Tunnel to another new station at Maudland Bridge.

    The walls of all three tunnels are stone-built whilst their roofs employ red brick. A single rusting track remains in situ at the northern side of the formation. Locals now use the cutting between No.1 and No.2 tunnels as a rubbish dump.

    The line originally formed part of ambitious plans to create a link between Yorkshire and the Lancashire coast. This failed, consigning the route to life as a 6½-mile branch, largely single track. 1st May 1840 marked its opening day; the double-track extension from its western terminus at Maudlands, through the Deepdale tunnels, was added in 1850 for freight purposes. Through passenger services started in 1856 but succumbed in 1930.

    The branch’s goods traffic came to an end in 1967 but the western section was retained to serve a coal yard and the Courtaulds factory at Red Scar. The latter lost its trains in February 1980 and the route was disconnected during the 1990s.

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    I hope you enjoyed the report.........as Little Will Knot did!!! :thumb
     
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  2. The Wombat

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    Cracking photos :thumb
    love the silhouette shots
     
  3. georgie

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    Nice one will looks good
     
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    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    Cool stuff will, :thumb the last shot is very creative.
     
  5. Lenston

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    Some great shots there :thumb
     
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    Little Will"s handy with the wire wool mate :)
     
  7. Will Knot

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    Yeah man he's pretty good...........
     
  8. Max Speed

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    Some well good photos there...lovin 3 & 8
     
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    Great Photo's mate,
     
  10. The_Raw

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    Nice shots mate, and fair play for getting your young lad out with you! :thumb
     
  11. mikecawood

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    Great photos.
     
  12. Tom Sherman

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    great stuff m8 :thumb
     
  13. MSP

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    Nice Will - it's good to go out with your son isn't it, I'll have to take out Ellis with me again soon he loves it, thinks he's in a zombie video game or something lol
     
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    Nice pics dude - must have a big torch! :p:
     
  15. pantomime horse

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    really well thought out and taken pics
    you can't beat taking the weans on an explore
     
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