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Report - Barnsdale Tunnel 05.02.08

cardiffrail

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Last week I was sent to Newcastle by my employers, but I managed to get a look at a couple of places on the way up. I stopped at Barnsdale Tunnel and Prospect Tunnel.

My first stop was the 1226 Yard Barnsdale Tunnel near Doncaster. OK, not new to 28DL, but a new one for me. I approached it from the western end, as was not sure about parking on the A1. My first impression of the approach cutting was the sheer amount of flytipping UGH!! :mad: . That burnt out Suzuki Vitara must have been pushed in from the top of that cutting, which was unusually steep sided for a non-buttressed cutting. Not entirely sura about the geology, but the rocks looked like the sandstones that typically overlie the Coal Measures.

Compared to some tunnels I have visited, it has a rather grand portal, faced in red brick. The tunnel is 1226 yards long, built for double track (which makes illuminating it more tricky), dead straight and has 3 airshafts which are capped. Compared to a lot of tunnels it is relatively dry inside, although there is a fair amount of brick debris (demo waste?). Also there are none of the ankle-killing drainage pits.

The visit was a straightforward photo-document type explore with no access difficulties.

A few of by better shots: ( I got rain on my lens for the last one)

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