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Report - East Norton / Hallaton tunnel, Leicestershire, Feb13

The Wombat

Mr Wombat
28DL Full Member
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Built in 1879 and run jointly by the Great Northern and London North Western Railway, the twin bore runs 444 yards under a hill. It closed in 1957, unusual in that is was long before the Beeching axe.

My latest torch arrived, (I’m building up quite an armoury of torches now!) so wanted to give it a good road test, so I set out with my tripod to explore a dark abandoned tunnel, and I'm quite pleased with the results. I thought I got rumbled on my way there, but no one appeared, which is good as I didn’t want to come across an angry farmer with dogs and shotgun! A hazard of Rurex, especially on a solo explore.

The tunnel is in remarkably good condition for its age and 50 year neglect, and aside from a little flooding at the north entrance, is dry inside. It is lined in engineering blue bricks, and has a curious oval shape, which I’ve not seen on twin tracks before. I couldn’t see any drainage or open catch pits. North of the site was East Norton station, and an impressive 13 arch viaduct, which was sadly demolished in 2001. The tunnel is home to an assortment of rusting farm implements & tractors.

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Rusting tractor
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engineers recess with rusted reflective plate
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The oval bore
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Engineers recess
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south portal
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And one from the top
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Thanks for looking
 

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