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Report - Werneth and Central Railway Tunnels - Oldham - Feb 2011

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by The Lone Ranger, Feb 27, 2011.

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    Oldham Werneth and Central Railway Tunnels ​


    HISTORY

    Originally opened in the 1860's for the Lancashire & Yorkshire railway, the 2 railway tunnels, Werneth & Central tunnel are situated between what was the Werneth & Oldham Mumps stations.

    The loop line closed on the 3rd October 2009 for work to be carried out on the new Metrolink service.

    The Werneth tunnel measures 471yards and runs straight through the hillside; while the Central Tunnel measures 449yards and has a 30o degree bend; the 2 are separated by a short cutting.

    MY VISIT

    Have been meaning to wander though these for a bit; so a wet afternoon in Oldham allowed me to explore the tunnels before the Metro Link opens; a nice leisurely Sunday afternoon.

    I’ll start at the Eastern end of the Central tunnel

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    Within the Central Tunnel

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    Refuge in the Central Tunnel

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    Looking along the curve of the Central Tunnel

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    Western end of the Central Tunnel

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    Looking at the Werneth Tunnel from the Central Tunnel

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    Western portal ofto the Central Tunnel

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    Eastern portal to the Werneth Tunnel

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    Within the Werneth Tunnel

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    And finally the Western portal of the Werneth Tunnel

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    Well that’s it, well worth a visit if you’re at a loose end before the Metrolink gets up and running.
     
    #1 The Lone Ranger, Feb 27, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2011

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