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Report - Loddington Culvert - Leics - August 2016

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by elhomer12, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. elhomer12

    elhomer12 Maglite size T-rex, It's time for urbex!
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    This was the first stop of the day, and a rather impressive structure it is. Having checked out the maps beforehand it was pretty straight forward to locate, and the water level was low so no problems there. This is a fairly large culvert, and the brickwork is interesting as the mid section changes in construction from brick to stone. Throughout the length of the culvert various smaller drains from the former railway above connect to the main drain. Most of these are now filled with limescale, with a couple forming impressive deposits.

    History (more stolen history from wombat... sorry :p )
    The GNR & LNWR joint railway line ran from Nottingham (or Newark), via Melton Mowbray, and on to Market Harborough & Northampton, built around 1879. Passenger services were only around six per day in each direction, although it was more heavily used by goods traffic. The line ran on a high embankment passing Loddington, requiring the existing tributary of the Eye Brook to be culverted under the line. Further on down the line, the main river, the Eye brook presented an engineering challenge where an impressive 14 arch viaduct was built across the valley, sadly demolished in 2001. The line closed to regular passenger services in 1953, and finally to goods trains in 1964.

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    Bonus video walking back through:

     
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  2. Punk

    Punk Insane for the drain
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    Good stuff :thumb
    I quite like this one

    @UrbanCaving the force is strong in this one :thumb
     
  3. The Wombat

    The Wombat Mr Wombat
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    Always nice to see this one
    One of my old favourites

    Very nicely photographed :thumb
     
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    Some absolute cracking shots there mate!
     
  5. Snake Oil

    Snake Oil go in drains
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    Those side pipe pics are ace, is it fudge or mineral deposit?
     
  6. Punk

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    It's mineral deposit
     
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