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Report - Moseley Green Tunnel - Forest of Dean - Aug 14

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Lenston, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. Lenston

    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    After a failed walk to the northern portal we made it to the southern, great little tunnel with some nice features​

    Some History​


    The Severn & Wye Railway was authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1809 and opened the following year as a horse-drawn tramway. In 1865, five locomotives were bought and the route was largely converted to broad gauge in 1868-9. Standard gauge arrived in 1872.
    That year, a Mineral Loop was added to avoid the need for reversing movements at Cinderford.

    The section between New Fancy Colliery and Pillowell Siding incorporated a 503-yard single track tunnel at Moseley Green - masonry lined throughout with substantial masonry portals. It benefited from three ventilation shafts, one of which is now capped.

    The tunnel was requisitioned as an ammunition store between April 1942 and December 1943 before completely closing to traffic on 13th March 1951. In the Seventies, a short section of the tunnel near its centre was strengthened with rail and timber bracing to help it withstand the forces from traffic passing on the road above. This has though been recently fire-damaged so its effectiveness might have been somewhat compromised.​

    Pics ​

    Middle air shaft on the way to the southern portal
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    Southern Portal​
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    Wooden Tunnel Bracing​
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    Northern Portal​
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    Thanks for looking​
     
    #1 Lenston, Aug 21, 2014
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  2. pigdog

    pigdog 28DL Regular User
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    nice not seen this 1 b4
     
  3. The Wombat

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    Stunning photos mate :thumb
    that airshaft looks a bit lop sided
     
  4. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nice ones :thumb

    Not used to seeing single track Tunnels, hopefully easier to illuminate :)
     
  5. wellingtonian

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    Nice one Lenston. You always light these things up so well. :thumb
     
  6. The Kwan

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    Lovely stuff man, you have developed a tunnel fetish...really nice :)
     
  7. gas man

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    excellent pics as usual lenston,being originally broad gauge could this be another one of brunels?
     
  8. Will Knot

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    Fabulous pic's there mate, looks a great place, nice report. Thanks for sharing:thumb
     
  9. Nickindroy

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    Reet corker that. :thumb
     
  10. georgie

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    Nice one lenston

    You still shooting with the tokina?
     
  11. Lenston

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    Cheers all, yeah still on it Georgie ;)
     
  12. Marsden1002

    Marsden1002 Love it!
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    Good shots! I bet the bracing was a PITA to get thou!
     
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