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Report - 'Tunnel Railway' Tunnel and ARP Shelter, Ramsgate - January 2013

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by sirjonnyp, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. sirjonnyp

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    My current renewed vigour for exploring continues with a report on this behemoth that lies below Ramsgate. Big thanks to Stealth for tipping me off about it and going in with me.

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    Some history from wikipedia, some from NutUE's report:
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    The tunnel had been open for a little while, with those in the know wisely sitting on this knowledge, letting other explorers know and keeping it quiet. However, some footage of the entrance was made public after Stealth told me that it was open, so it became a race against time before it was sealed again. He checked it was still open before I headed down, which it was, although apparently some chap was taking pictures of the entrance. Once down in Ramsgate Urbex Footsteps was kind enough to pick me up and give us a lift down to the promenade, and next I knew we were inside, after mocking a 'To Be Sealed Within 24 Hours' sign that had been stuck up.

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    Once inside we turned left a short way up the main tunnel, into the ARP (Air Raid Precaution) tunnel that went on quite some way. Well, my torches decided to go J.G. Ballard on me for five minutes, so I followed a bit later. My camera also decided that it didn't like the more confined tunnel, so the first half of my shots are a bit screwy, sorry.

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    Back into the main tunnel we made our way up, and my what a long tunnel it is. About 900-1000 meters in the tunnel splits, as shown in picture two. The picture below shows the unlined tunnel up to the Heresdon entrance, which is rather convincingly sealed.

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    At the very top of the tunnel, by the Dumpton Park entrance, is a bumper car graveyard, presumably from the old Pleasurama that used to exist at the bottom of the tunnel. How they got to the top I don't know.

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    After this we started making our way back down, and got a few snaps of the old Tunnel Railway sign, which looked like this originally:

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    Before we made our way out I decided to have another crack at lighting the main tunnel to a degree I was happy with without having to play with the photo afterwards. Queue three attempts at 30 second photos with three reasonably powerful torches going mental.

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    As we got back to our entrance we could see the light pouring through the hole, and joked about not being sealed in.

    Wrong!

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    Whilst we had been the cheeky blaggards from Thanet District Council came along and stuck mesh over the entrance! Didn't even have the decency to search the place to make sure that there was no one in there. Fortunately it was not sealed very strongly, and we were able to get out. Credit to Stealth for the photo.

    So that was that then, a huge great big tunnel, torches and a camera that didn't want to play ball for half an hour, and some twonks trying to entomb us. Isn't Ramsgate lovely?!

    Thanks for reading. A couple more photos on my blog.

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