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Report - Lydbrook / Coppet Hill Tunnel + More (April 2015)

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by TallRich, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. TallRich

    TallRich 28DL Regular User
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    Hi Guys and Girls, sorry I've not posted a report in a while, @Oort keeps beating me to it! (@huey - point taken!)

    So here goes!

    It was a nice sunny day on Sunday, so Me, @Oort and a couple of non-members thought rather than the proper underground trip we’d planned, a railway tunnel would be more appropriate - we still got our fix of darkness, but also got to see some sun!

    The Lydbrook / Coppet Hill Tunnel was in use as part of the Ross to Monmouth line between 1873 and 1965, and passes through Coppet Hill for a total of 630 yards. When heading North to South, the tunnel has a right hand bend, ensuring some really dark bits to feed our need to explore the darkness...

    Immediately before the southern portal is a pill box, built as part of the WW2 defenses of the area. Presumably to protect passing trains, the viaduct over the River Wye, and the nearby factory which the railway served. (AEI Cable Works at the time of the war I believe, and HW Smith/Reed/SCA since. please correct me if I’m wrong!)

    We had a good look at the viaduct, here’s some history I’ve shamelessly pinched from the interwebs:

    We then had a mooch around the factory perimeter – of course we couldn't resist! – it’s looking really bad these days, parts of buildings ripped away completely, and only a few surviving panes of glass in the remaining windows. Still it looked like it was worth a look, so the hunt for access began!

    Unfortunately this was not going to happen for us as the whole perimeter fence is still in good shape, and an angry looking security guard complete with matching dog appeared shortly after we finished the perimeter check so we decided to call it a day. (I believe @wellingtonian has bumped into him before!)

    All in all though a good day out in the sun!

    Now onto the pics!

    1) First up, the Northern Portal:
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    4) Bats! Horseshoe ones i believe?
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    5) A nice calcite deposit:
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    6)
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    7) Looking to the North, the tunnel winds away to the left:
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    8) More calcite, pooling up nicely at the foot of this refuge point:
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    9) Just inside the southern portal, looking into the darkness:
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    10) I'm proud of the refection I managed to get in the water on the next one!
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    11)The Southern portal and cutting:
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    12) @Oort holding up the pillbox (or is it the other way around?!?)
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    13)
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    14) The Lydbrook Viaduct:
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    16) @TallRich "It's this way @Oort"
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    17) @TallRich "Its not far down, comeon!"
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    18) @Oort "No fucking way mate, I'm going this way!"
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    19) The rails once rested on these beams, supported above the Wye by the large support pillars:
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    20)
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    21) North Side of the Factories, at the side closest to the river, that ladder looks climbable!
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    22) The railway signal post that served the factories loading area:
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    23) Looking Southbound into the factory buildings:
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    Thanks for looking, hope it wasn't too pic heavy!!
     
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  2. Oort

    Oort The Spice Must Flow.
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    Nicely done matey!

    Ahhh at least I understand why you wanted to take those shots on the bridge!
     
  3. wellingtonian

    wellingtonian Subterráneo
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    Good stuff mate :thumb
    Yep did the walk of shame with secca and his dog in close attendance and had a quick chat with the local 5 O............
     
  4. Oort

    Oort The Spice Must Flow.
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    Glad we scarpered then, he didn't look like a very happy bunny.
     
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    huey 28DL Regular User
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    Nice report and very good pics mate. Have tried twice there at the factory with no luck too....
     
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    TallRich 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks mate, we'll have to meet up for an explore again soon!
     
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    Nicely done :thumb I liked the bridge. Cheers for sharing
     
  8. Miss Mayhem

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    Shhhhhh KM Punk, Debbs W might hear you :D
     
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  9. Miss Mayhem

    Miss Mayhem 28DL Regular User
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    Cracking pics, thanks for sharing :thumb
     
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    Miss Mayhem 28DL Regular User
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    Cracking pics, thanks for sharing :thumb
     
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    Miss Mayhem 28DL Regular User
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    Sorry about this, my I pad messed up and posted it twice :banghead
     
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    Good report. Thanks for the share. I like the pillbox pic :)
     
  13. Skirrid

    Skirrid 28DL Full Member
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    Sadly the bridge (Jan 2016) and the tunnel (Oct 2016) have both been sealed.
    There's a bit more info on the bridge here.
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    This is the northern portal. I didn't go to the southern portal, but I have been told it is also sealed.
     
  14. Oort

    Oort The Spice Must Flow.
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    Bugger and damn I was gonna take a friend here next week :banghead
     
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    It's pathetic (as usual). There's a local campaign to re-open the bridge and a new local councillor championing the cause, not holding my breath though. Didn't know the tunnel had been resealed (as it's the other side of the river / closed bridge), doubt whether that'll stay in place for long.
     
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