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Report - Gildersome tunnel Leeds, March 2014

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by stranton, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. stranton

    stranton the subterranean explorer
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    The Gildersome tunnel is 1 mile 571 yds long,
    running from Gildersome (north) to Birstol (south) runs beneath the settlement of Gildersome.
    The north portal and retaining walls are in poor condition,
    Theres 4 air shafts (all capped)
    except no. 3 which still has the chimney at surface level
    the south portal and cutting are buried beneath the M62 Motorway.
    The tunnel opened 1900, closed 1966.
    The tunnel lies on a 1 in 70 gradient, towards Leeds.
    The tunnel is suffering heavy water ingress, (which was pouring through all 4 air shafts).
    Theres water cascading through the tunnel,
    while iron ore dirt (which reaches 2 feet) covers all of the tunnel floor and
    some of the roof or walls.

    north cutting, portal
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    air shaft no. 1
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    air shaft no. 2
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    side chamber
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    air shaft no. 3
    above
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    below
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    air shaft no. 4
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    1 mile 400 yds in tunnel
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    supporting wall
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    site of south cutting, portal
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  2. The Wombat

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    Very nice Stranton :thumb
     
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    very nice pics :thumb
     
  4. Nickindroy

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    Lovely stuff Strant, some sweet ventage there.
     
  5. Sabre

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    Very well done! How far can you make it in before the supporting wall?
     
  6. Lenston

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    Some nice features there :thumb
     
  7. stranton

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    approximately 1 mile 400 yds
     
  8. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nice one :) Never actually made it here yet for some reason ? and i"m local lol

    Just a typo mate it"s Birstall
     
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    Apologies blame my ignorance! :crazy
     
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    What a great tunnel - and a long one. Very interesting report, many thanks for posting.
     
  11. JMGinnaB

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    Excellent stuff. Been meaning to do this place for years, had been down to check access once and then went back about a year ago all ready to explore it only to find it had been very securely locked up. Good to see it open again, may have to plan another attempt :)
     
  12. stranton

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    thanks for the replys folks :thumb
     
  13. pigdog

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    nice 1 that
     
  14. Trousercowboy

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    Just a heads up for anyone visiting Gildersome tunnel, we bumped into a contractor yesterday who said during an inspection last week the gas detectors went off and the gate will be resealed very soon (maybe even today). So don't get welded in like we though were going to be!
     
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