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Report - Wye Valley Railway tunnels, October 2008

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by LiamCH, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. LiamCH

    LiamCH 28DL Full Member
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    Having seen the amazing effects that can be acomplished with lightpainting, I decided to take new pictures of the tunnels of the disused Wye Valley railway tunnels. It's my first time doing so, so please go easy on me - they're not as good as they could be.

    The photographs from last year, which has a few more of Tintern station and the bridge remains, can be found here: http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=33614

    Tintern Tunnel, which has had all the rails removed. Not that a train could get through anyway, because the end facing Monmouth has had the bridge removed.

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    A viaduct. You wouldn't even notice you were on it until you look over the side.

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    Tidenham quarry. This is the largest quarry I've ever come across, and it was responsible for occasional traffic through the Tidenham tunnel to collect stone. As I understand it, the last trains stopped when the quarry closed in 1981.

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    The line. It's hard to believe that trains would have passed along this just twenty-seven years ago.

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    A linesman's hut, just before the tunnel. I don't understand what this would have been used for - why would they need a hut for occasional maintainance?

    Tidenham tunnel. At 1,188 yards, I seem to recall that this was about the twentieth longest tunnel in Britain or something like that. I can't help feel a bit guilty for providing the ladder on the other side of the fence - a sticker on it states that it was only ordered in late August and already it's been surpassed with ladders - only one of which was previously there. It must get more use than I thought.

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    A refuge:

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    The huge ventilation shaft.

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    A rather sleepy bat in the tunnel:

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    Further along the line was this bridge in a slightly amusing state:

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    I have heard rumours of plans for a heritage or even full railway being rebuilt, which sounds feasible as the trackbed - and even some of the track - mostly remains. Does anybody know whether there's any truth in these?
     
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    sustrans is trying to reopen them as a cycle track and footpath
     
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