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Report - Great Oxendon - closed - Tunnels (The Rat Holes), Northants, Oct14

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by The Wombat, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. The Wombat

    The Wombat Mr Wombat
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    Something new for the forum!
    The southbound bore is open to the public as a cycle path, and I have visited many times over the years. But it is the closed northbound bore that has always held my interest. Firstly, due to the curve, you cannot see through it, unlike its counterpart. Secondly, it has a few items cluttering the tunnel, and thirdly, there are no photos on the internet of the inside of the tunnel.

    I first visited the twin tunnels in 1994, so was very lucky to finally see inside the closed tunnel. It was rewardingly very different from the public tunnel. Its curve leaving it pitch black in the centre, leaking water, bulging sides threatening collapse, unusual ceiling recesses, colours, and gated ends are all interesting features.

    An enjoyable explore with JuJu, KM Punk, & Stranton.


    The Northampton to Market Harborough line opened in 1859 and had tunnels at Great Oxendon and nearby Kelmarsh. The original tunnel was single-track (422M), and when the line was doubled a second single-track tunnel was built. The second tunnel had an airshaft, and is now a cycle path all the way to Northampton. The line closed in 1981.


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    The Wombat & Stranton

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    THE OPEN TUNNEL

    Here are a few shots from the open tunnel, to show the comparison.
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    Airshaft
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    The clean and straight public tunnel
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    As always, thanks for looking :)
     
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  2. pigdog

    pigdog 28DL Regular User
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    good 1
     
  3. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Looks good wombat, some decent shots there :thumb
     
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    If you can just move that trailer out of the picture :)

    Nice ones mate :thumb love a good old tunnel

    That"s some impressive portal gates going on there :)
     
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    Nice set of shots there, don't think mine will come out quite as good. Really enjoyed today :) need some more exploring trousers now as managed to split the arse on my only good pair. Must have been all the sliding.
     
  6. The Wombat

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    Many thanks everyone :)
    Great after 20 years to finally see inside; and it was worth it
     
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    Cool report, beautiful shots and do like that light painting :D

    Great stuff :thumb
     
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    Lovely stuff again, Bill. :thumb
     
  11. stranton

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    thats brillient

    thanks for a nice time today :thumb
     
  12. Oort

    Oort The Spice Must Flow.
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    Lovely tunnel there mate and kudos for getting in there first!
     
  13. The Kwan

    The Kwan Easily Led
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    Fantastic place this Mr womblebat, that space age camera is doing the biz :thumb ..any good bits on that bike :D
     
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    Nicely done, we're running out of tunnels in Leicestershire now
     
  15. The Wombat

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    Nine thumbs! This shares first place in my most popular reports

    Many thanks to all of you for your comments :)

    Great to get this one done; been on the list since 1994!
     
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