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Report - Tregarth Tunnel, North Wales, September 2016

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by JohnSmith, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. JohnSmith

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    Basic History (detail http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/t/tregarth/)

    Tregarth Tunnel consists of a disused railway tunnel originally part of the London & North Western Railway built to aid the transport of slate from the surrounding mines. Planning for the railway began in 1880 and operation commenced in 1884 and ceased in 1963. This section of the tunnel is ~300m long, running under Tregarth towards Bangor. The other tunnels making up the rest of the line have recently been converted into public walking and cycle paths with future plans for the extension of this through Tregarth Tunnel, connecting the line.

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    This tunnel is very impressive when seen up close, the brickwork and construction is very impressive. Apart from the engineering, there is very little left of any of the original operation of the railway apart from several numbered markers along the tunnel. Be wary, there is a lot of contemporary rubbish lying around (bottles etc) and I have heard that this place is where some unsavoury people go. They can leave some humorous graffiti though!

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  2. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Called in here last week, whilst on Holiday, we must have just missed you ;)

    Funnily enough i commented to my Girlfriend that it was one of the cleanest and driest Railway tunnels i"d ever been in, little debris and 99% dry. In regard to this i"m surprised they didn"t just continue with the Cycle route as i didn"t see a single loose brick in the lining, and no apparent risk of anything collapsing. The tunnel floor is solid and dry even though the catchpits need cleaning out, there"s no water flooding in. Indeed the cutting is only retaining water due to the foliage that"s been cut back and thrown into it.

    The only risk must have been from the large overhanging trees in the cutting which seem to have mostly been cut back already. The Viaduct is in a fantastic condition considering it"s age & take the overgrowth off & it would make a nice viewpoint over the river.
    They could probably get away without internal lighting due to it"s short length ? Although the extensive refuges are deep enough to hide unsavory characters .

    As the original Cycle route was funded through the EU it makes you wonder if funding will be available since Brexit ??

    FYI it"d be a good Tunnel to practice some light painting (hint hint) especially as it"s not very challenging unlike some Tunnel linings(depending on what you use too shoot your pics) and ironically i had the GF doing exactly that (until she got bored ;)
     
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    You might have given me a heart attack :eek: I was constantly looking over my shoulder when I was beyond half way, just waiting for a silhouette to appear behind me at the only exit. Would have been rather freaky!

    Yeah it is in very good condition, looked pretty structurally sound to me. The views over the river from there are fantastic, it is a very beautiful place when the weather is nice.

    Because the tunnel looks in such good condition I am surprised they didn't just continue it, it doesn’t look like it would need much done to it apart from some lighting. It can get pretty damn dark in there haha.

    Also good shout about the light painting, I never thought of that! Cheers!

    Just need money for a decent camera haha.
     
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    As i don"t know your Photographic gear i couldn"t really comment. It did look a bit Phone/ compact shot. Obviously Phone wise you"re limited but obviously other options are available for compact (and the like) cameras. And obviously it"s better both for the viewers and yourself when Tunnels (well anything really) are lit well

    If we"d been behind you the GF would have probably burnt your retinas out as well as mine :D

    I was also surprised as it"s probably the only Tunnel locally that"s not been used for growing Cannabis in ;)
     
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    Haha yes I vaguely remember hearing that story. I can imagine that tunnel is closed off for good now and nobody will go anywhere near it haha.

    Yeah my gear is a bit limited, I have mainly come from a hiking background so I have all of the kit but camera wise I am lacking :p
     
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    Maybe it explains why there was so many CCTV cameras around the twin portals of the Tunnel and why it had the solid steel doors . Ideal locations for growing both Mushrooms and indeed Cannabis it seems lol

    As for the Pics, near or total darkness can be challenging if you don"t have basic gear like a camera and remote lead and more importantly a tripod and decent torch. It"s funny how absorbent soot filled tunnels are for robbing you of Lumens. Although again Tregarth tunnel is pretty clear and more easily lit, helped by the gradual gradient of the line the engines were not obviously under a big load so there"s not much evidence of heavy sooting of the roof lining which is all the better for practice shots :thumb although with it being so short the light coming in from the portals (with the Tunnel being so short) can create it"s own issues. I prefer tunnels at night, cuts all the issues out with blown out highlights.

    I only wish Yorkshire Tunnels were as well secured as Tregarth :D
     
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    I have heard that Yorkshire is known for its tunnels, seen anything particularly impressive? By secure do you mean they are bloody hard to get into? lol

    Sounds like you have been in tunnels for a good long time! Never even thought about soot. I guess when I get better equipment I will have to worry about all of this haha.

    I'm not sure what other tunnels are around north wales so my personal development in tunnel photography might be slightly limited in the future ;)
     
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    No not really just a few years in between other :turd

    Have a look on forgottenrelics site if you like old tunnels & viaducts etc etc plenty to keep you out of mischief for a few days ;)
     
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    Where in Tregarth is this? I live 10 mins from here i cant seem to find it thanks in advance
     
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    Take a look on the location map, I marked it pretty accurately.
     
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    Obviously it was too hard to put "Tregarth Railway Tunnel" into Google yourself to find it!

    One would think the Cycle route the Tunnel sits on would be quite an easy clue to follow ..........especially for a local :banghead
     
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    looking at your last 2 photographs,
    seems to be the middle of 3 tunnels?
     
  13. JohnSmith

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    No no, those last few pictures are the outside and inside views of the ends on that one tunnel section.
     
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