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Report - Rotherwas and Ballingham Railway Tunnels - May, 2016

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Slavi, May 18, 2016.

  1. Slavi

    Slavi 28DL Full Member
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    Second report and I have to apologize for the lack of camera at the moment, i'm currently using my phone.

    Ballingham Tunnel: "Ballingham Tunnel is 1208 yards long and is the region's longest (32nd longest disused tunnel in the UK). The tunnel is straight except for a slight turn to the east close to the southern end." Quote
    Iv'e been here three times as it is relatively close to me and as always the South end entrance is almost accessible, too much plant growth and mud. The North entrance is as always clear and easily accessible.

    Rotherwas Tunnel: I have no information on the Rotherwas tunnel but my guess is it was built during the Ballingham tunnel since they ran on along the same line. It was around 100 yards long, a fraction of the Ballingham tunnel which was around 1200 yards long. I had bumped into the previous land owners son whilst trying to find the other side of the tunnel, which is now blocked up unfortunatly. He claimed his father used it as a garage during the 70's, which would explain the random car parts and rubbish laying about. I still don't understand the shaft with the ladder and hatch at the end of the tunnel, maybe he used it for ventilation.

    Ballingham Tunnel:
    North Entrance:

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    Flowstones and stalactites, I like them, I don't know why.
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    South Entrance:
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    Some nice photo opportunities for someone:
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    Rotherwas Tunnel:
    The Entrance:
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    Looking Back:
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    Some of the car parts, presumably from a Fiat Punto or Panda:
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    The bottom of the shaft:
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    The shaft leading up to the top of the hill:
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  2. stonedslothm4n

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    If it was in the era of steam trains , then It could have been used as a smoke release shaft , there's a house in London somewhere that was hollow and was used as a chimney for the tunnels
     
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  3. Slavi

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    That could have been the case but the tunnel would have been really short, there doesn't seem like much of a point in building one.
     
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