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Report - Blowers Green Railway Tunnel, Dudley, January 2013.

Voibmi

Infiltrating since '04
28DL Full Member
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- Blowers Green Railway Tunnel -

With snow on the ground seemed like an ideal place to re-explore and take photos at in the snow.
Was also relaxing and peaceful.

The History...

Blowers Green Railway Tunnel is a railway tunnel located near to the former Dudley (Blowers Green) railway station in Dudley, West Midlands, England.
It was opened in 1850 to allow the Oxford-Worcester-Wolverhampton Line between Stourbridge and Wolverhampton to pass for several hundred yards beneath a hilly area of Dudley which would have been difficult if not impossible to have constructed a railway through.
At Dudley the OWWR and South Staffordshire Line to Walsall met.

The tunnel was regularly used by passenger trains until 1964, when the town's station closed along with the remaining passenger stations on the line, although goods trains were still allowed to use the line.
It finally closed to all trains on 19 March 1993, when the section of railway between Walsall and Brierley Hill was closed after 143 years in use. A cable laying train passed through the tunnel on 2 July 1993 - nearly four months after the line was officially closed.

As of early 2010, the tunnel is still closed and Steel gates have been placed at both ends. Network Rail hopes to have goods trains passing through the tunnel again in the next decade, although the imminent Midland Metro expansion will not make use of the tunnel. The re-opening of Dudley tunnel and the railway on which it runs would also make an ideal diversion route for passenger trains if the need arose, although the idea of re-introducing passenger trains on the route (as was proposed back in 1997) seems unlikely to proceed.
Photos...

Heading south from part of the track, towards the northern tunnel portal.
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Northern Portal.
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Inside The Tunnel.
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Icicles hanging from the ceiling.
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Somebody wrote 'air shaft?' referring to the rubber pipe maybe? :confused
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Limescale (I think) bleeding from the walls.
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A Bit of light painting. I'll hopefully have a better camera in the future...
Only 4 second exposure, couldn't manually set the settings.

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Trolleys always end up in odd places.
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Iron ore (I think) bleeding from the wall. (Wall period?)
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Southern Portal.
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Away, towards where Blowers Green station used to be.
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-Thanks,
Voibmi.

 

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