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Report - Catesby Tunnel - Northants - Nov 2014

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by JuJu, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. JuJu

    JuJu 28DL Regular User
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    Explored with The Wombat, Infared, Pigdog and Binky :)

    I have wanted to explore here for ages; after hearing rumors that this site was going to be converted I jumped at the chance of an explore. Was a really fun day and included wire wool spinning (see Wombat's report). Well worth getting muddy for and dusting off the wellies.

    Some history borrowed from Wombat:

    Built in 1897, and closed in 1966 was on the great central railway from London to Sheffield. The line was the single biggest closure of the Beeching axe, and the most controversial. It was built not because of gradient, but because the rich owner of the Catesby estate didn’t want a railway blighting his landscape.
    27 feet wide x 25 feet high, Ventilation is provided by five shafts. Four of these are 10 feet in diameter but the northernmost - 1,250 yards from the entrance - is 15 feet wide to provide greater air flow. Plans to use it as part of HS2 have now been shelved. There are now plans to convert it to an aerodynamic testing facility.

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  2. huey

    huey 28DL Regular User
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    Great pics,interesting stuff,thank you
     
  3. urblex

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    Wow! looks pretty cool, cheers for posting :thumb
     
  4. The Wombat

    The Wombat Mr Wombat
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    Tell you what JuJu, your photos have come out really well :thumb
    excellent work
    pleasure to go exploring with you, as always
     
  5. Telf

    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    Great report ju ju :thumb I'm loving the 5th picture.
     
  6. Lenston

    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    Some crackers there JuJu :)
     
  7. JuJu

    JuJu 28DL Regular User
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    thanks guys :)
     
  8. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Very nice young Lady :thumb

    Certainly one of the bigger and better preserved Tunnels

    Still on the to-do-list :rolleyes:
     
  9. The Wombat

    The Wombat Mr Wombat
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    Its certainly huge; took 3/4 hour to walk the length each way!
    Rumour has it is going to be converted, so not sure how much longer this will be explorable...
     
  10. The Kwan

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    Lovely photos Juju but number 5 is a proper snorter :thumb
     
  11. pigdog

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    must get round to putting my pics up
     
  12. The Wombat

    The Wombat Mr Wombat
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    Stick em up
    not seen a report from you for ages :)
     
  13. Rik UE

    Rik UE 28DL Regular User
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    Ooooh I like that :)

    Thanks for sharing :)
     
  14. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Supposed to be sealed up now ? Plated & Painted AKA West Yorkshire Tunnel Style :(
     
  15. pigdog

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    yep its sealed
     
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