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Report - Golgotha Railway Tunnel, Shepherdswell - February 2020


LashedLlama

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Visited with @obscurity and @TheFerret, cheers for another cracking day! :thumb

History :

Golgotha tunnel in Shepherdswell, Kent, first became operational in 1912 and made up a section of the East Kent Light Railway which was established just one year earlier to serve the Kent Coalfields.
The tunnel was bored through chalk and natural grassland and sits at a length of 1650ft. However, despite both portals being constructed to accommodate the original dual-track design, only a single track was actually put into place. This was down to finances for the twin-track design drying up, and as a consequence, only half of the tunnel was completely bored out, leaving a long chalk ridge running throughout the tunnel.
The line remained in use for a good 75 years, until in 1987, when it was declared closed, causing it to fall into an unfortunate state of disrepair.
Thankfully, the tunnel nowadays is under the ownership of the railway preservation society based at Shepherdswell, where it is maintained and looked after.

The Explore :

With myself, @obscurity and @TheFerret having made it to Shepherswell, we began the short stretch up the railway towards the western portal of the tunnel, and having successfully not skidded on the exceptionally damp sleepers, we were in. The tunnel itself didn't have any outstanding features as such, except for the long unbored chalk ridge up against the right-hand side of the tunnel, and after just under an hour of adjusting our camera settings, snapping a few shots and light painting what we could, we were done.
This definitely wasn't the most epic location I've done, but it was certainly a great feeling to have this place ticked off the list. All in all, a grand little explore :))

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5. The unbored chalk ridge

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6. Original signage

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- Thanks for looking -

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obscurity

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got some nice snaps there mate. Nice way to start off the day :thumb
 

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