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Report - great northern railway tunnels, Yorkshire, December 2018



Stranton

black
Regular User
#1
The great northern railway had 3 routes curving away from Queensbury station,
(one of 2 stations on a triangle junction another being Shipley).
north to Keighley via Denholme with a length of 11 miles, opened 1882 & closed 1963,
passes through Well Heads tunnel 662yds long, Hamerhill tunnel 170yds long, Doe Park tunnel 140yds long, the 2 inverted arches 33yds long & 112yds long,
Lees Moor tunnel 1533yds long & Park Wood Street tunnel 118yds long.
east to Bradford via Clayton with a length of 4 1/2 miles, opened 1878 & closed 1963,
passes through Clayton tunnel 1057yds long.
south to Halifax via Holmfield with a length of 5 miles, opened 1878 & closed 1956,
passes through Queensbury tunnel 2501yds long, Lee Bank tunnel 267yds long, & Old Lane tunnel 402yds long.
There's a spur from Holmfield to St Pauls via pellon with a length of 3 miles, opened 1890 & closed 1960,
passes through Wheatley tunnel 810yds long.

The great northern railway has 12 tunnels,
having visited each of them during December 2018, here's the current status with photographs of those accessible.

towards Keighley

Well Heads, sealed (south) filled in (north)

Hamerhill

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Doe Park

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inverted arches 1 & 2
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inverted arch

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2

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culvert

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Lees Moor, sealed (both)

Park Wood Street, sealed (south) filled in (north)

towards Bradford

Clayton, sealed (west) filled in (east)

towards Halifax

Queensbury
https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/threads/queensbury-tunnel-bradford-february-2014-august-2016.104951/

Lee Bank filled in (south)

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Old Lane, sealed (both)

Wheatley, sealed (south) filled in (north)

thanks

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Stranton

black
Regular User
#6
maybe of interest to some, off forum.

Highways england which owns the tunnel refused to pay the landowner a mere £50 annual rent because of a current dispute, so the pumps have now been turned off
the south portal & cutting is now completly submerged with the water reaching 1/2 mile in the tunnel.
There currently installing pipes through the tunnel which will pump the water from the south to the north & discharge via 2 culverts, while negotiating 2 major collapses
once water has been dealt with preparatory work for the abandonment of the tunnel will commence.

The Queensbury tunnel society continue their petitioning & protesting to save the tunnel, which now seems unlikly.
 

musley

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#7
My husband is a train driver and says he has never known of tunnels built with stone before! Nice pics, thanks.