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Report - Trubshaws Tramway Tunnel, Cauldon. July 2016

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by MoonDog, Aug 6, 2016.

  1. MoonDog

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    HISTORY
    The need to move limestone from the Cauldon Low Quarries to the Cauldon Canal at Froghall led to the development of a railway in 1778. This was followed by improved routes in 1783 and 1802 and finally in 1847 by a cable and gravity operated line designed by the Canal Company's engineer, James Trubshaw. The 1847 line was built to a gauge of 3ft 6in. and used a three rail system where the central one was common to both ascending and descending trains. At passing loops the central rail split into two rails. There were four sections, the top one being from the quarries through to the tunnel end. Trains comprised between five and nine wagons each carrying 6 tons of limestone. The line continued to serve the quarries until it was officially closed in March 1920, since when the route has quietly passed back to nature. The tunnel is 330 yards long and the first brick was laid by Trubshaw himself on 17th April 1844 and the line was completed by July 1847 by the North Staffordshire Railway Company. Credit: www.derelictplaces.co.uk

    THE EXPLORE
    This was Plan B after 2 fails on another tunnel due to much activity in a field I needed to cross. As the west portal of Trubshaws is notoriously boggy I attempted to access it at the eastern end, but this was a jungle of fallen trees and vegetation down a steep slippery embankment; it was so dense the portal or track couldn’t be seen through it and as I had no rope I gave up and trotted off to the boggy end. Boggy is an understatement but if you want to photograph this end of the tunnel it can’t be avoided, its waist deep in parts so chesties are a must. As I’ve only recently lost my exploring virginity and have done very little long exposure photography, there was a lot of trial and error going on, so a second visit was needed to get the pics I wanted......Here they are.......


    1. The west portal
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    2. Hardly a refuge so close to the portal, I guess this was a platelayers gaff or maybe a points control room, as the tunnel widened out here presumably for the 3 rails to become 4. Apart from deep silt theres a load of hidden rubble and branches here so great care is needed to avoid an early bath or broken ankle
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    3. No I didn’t just happen to have candles in my bag, this was on the second visit. Had to shift a load of branches to get in here.
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    4. I guess these alcoves were intended for lamps so it would have been rude not to use them. Widest angle on my lens is 24mm but a wider angle would be ideal in this 3’ x 4’ room
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    5. About 15 yards in, looking out of the west portal
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    6. There was a fine mist here which was impossible to avoid in the torch beam
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    7. Furry stuff
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    8. A closer look revealed this stuff isn’t furry at all but a strange kind of crystallised formation. Seasoned explorers may well be familiar with it but I’ve never set eyes on anything like this before. A google search suggests its some kind of crystallised calcite, but if theres any clever 28-ers who can tell me more I’d love to know.
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    9. Hardly any water ingress here but looks like theres been some brickwork repairs.
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    10. One of only 2 refuges in this tunnel
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    11. Looking towards the east portal
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    12. Reinforcement. Strange how the walls are vertical at this point, yet they look original
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    13. No camera tilt here. Amazing that this should form in this comb effect and at this curious angle.
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    14. Over 100 years worth of drips
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    15. Skanky beauty
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    16. …..and more of it
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    17. Ochre leaching through the brickwork, puddling on the tunnel floor
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    18. The tunnel more than doubles in width here
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    19. Looking out of the east portal
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    20. The East portal. Sorry for the crap quality here, after spending over 2 hours in a very damp atmosphere it was impossible to clear the condensation from my lens when I got out in the open. I had nothing dry to wipe it with, even my t-shirt was damp. I’ve included it anyway to complete the set
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    Thanks for looking
    MoonDog
     
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  2. KM_Punk

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    Nice stuff :thumb
    Shrink down your watermark a little, but I'm easily distracted :p
     
  3. MoonDog

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    Cheers KM_P. Sorry I distracted you, advice gratefully received
     
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    Nice report, great pics too, well done that man :thumb
     
  5. MoonDog

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    Thanks matey!
     
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    My kind of Tunnel :thumb
     
  7. Ojay

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    Not an M8TY in sight
     
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    Yes, it's a good 'un.....but then it's only the 2nd I've seen so maybe I'm not the best judge! The lighting partly credit to your good self as I took a leaf out of your book and got a Lenser H14r.2 rechargeable as mentioned in your Ashby tunnel report :thumb
     
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  9. MoonDog

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    ???
     
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    I should have had shares in these Head Torches the amount of people i know who"ve got them after using mine (only took @stranton 2 years :eek:)

    Going off the above pics I"d suggest using the Turbo mode and zoom it out as required @ 25-30secs it"ll give you enough time too light the full Tunnel. Although obviously i don"t know what your Camera or indeed set up is ?
    I"m "Normally" in Manual with Bulb mode with cable release and Aperture dependent on how reflective the Tunnel internals are and what i"m using as a light source. Ironically when we did

    http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/queensbury-railway-tunnel-west-yorkshire-july-2016.t104539

    the other week the Lenser was causing near total whiteout reacting with the mist plowing through the tunnel (like Silent Hill) so i had to use my Nitecore TM15 which ironically created less issues with the particles even though it"s 2200Lumens ?? (it"s weird how particles react to different light sources)

    Look forward to the next Tunnels :thumb
     
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    It"s secret Code mate don"t worry there"s M8TY & also M9TY Hopefully you"ll never experience either :coat;)
     
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  12. stranton

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    no m7ty?
     
  13. MoonDog

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    That's exactly what I did with pic 6 and did try it with other pics but where the distant portal is visible, this shows better against darkness so I zoomed back in....just personal preference really. Thanks for your feedback tho.....as a nooby explorer this is always welcome :thumb
     
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    on my to do list
     
  15. The Wombat

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    Big yes to this
    I'm quite a tunnel fan myself.
    Your perseverance to access this one paid off, some stunning shots :thumb
     
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