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Report - Sandsend Rail Tunnel - 2012

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Do66o79, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. Do66o79

    Do66o79 28DL Full Member
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    This is an old set of pics and was my first attempt at taking pictures in a dark, damp but very tranquil rail tunnel. After scaling a 9 ft wall (not a mean feet for a lady who is less than small!!) the trek through the tunnel began....

    I know its been posted many times but here is a bit from good old WIKI....

    Sandsend Tunnel is a tunnel on the former Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway that was opened in 1883 and closed in 1958. The rail line that ran through it was originally intended to travel along the top of the cliffs,[1][2] however some of the cliff fell into the sea whilst construction was suspended so the NER constructed two tunnels, the Sandsend tunnel and the Kettleness tunnel.
    The Sandsend Tunnel is the longer of two tunnels being 1,652 yards in length. It is predominantly straight but the north-western 300 yards incorporate a curve to the north.
    There are a total of five air shafts, two of which have nearby service galleries leading off horizontally to the cliffs which were used to dump spoil while carving out the tunnels, the air shafts were capped in 1958. The southern half of the tunnel is considerably damp with the tunnel being flooded to about 6 inches on the southern 300 yards. The southern portal of the Sandsend tunnel is bricked up and it can only be accessed via the northern portal of the Kettleness tunnel by walking through the Kettleness tunnel and the area between the tunnels which is overgrown with grass and trees. The northern portal of the Sandsend tunnel partially collapsed in 2008 after years of pressure from the cliff above.

    On with the pics -

    Sandsend Tunnel 2011 by Dobbo79, on Flickr

    Sandsend Tunnel 2011 by Dobbo79, on Flickr

    Sandsend Tunnel 2011 by Dobbo79, on Flickr

    Sandsend Tunnel 2011 by Dobbo79, on Flickr

    Sandsend Tunnel 2011 by Dobbo79, on Flickr

    DSCF3252A by Dobbo79, on Flickr

    Sandsend Tunnel 2011 by Dobbo79, on Flickr

    And finally...due to the cliffside "squashing" the tunnels north portal...rail lines were put in to act as scaffolding to try to hold it.....they failed!

    Sandsend Tunnel by Dobbo79, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking x

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