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Report - Neidpath Tunnel, Peebles, Scottish Borders, October 2012

Bovine

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This was built on the Symington, Biggar and Broughton Railway, opened in 1864 and absorbed into the Caledonian Railway Company three years later. The tunnel is 537 yards long, single track and is 18 feet high by 17 1/4 feet wide. All but 8 yards is lined with 18 inches of brickwork and both portals are finished in ashlar (fine dressed stone).
The railway finally closed in 1954, the final use being to haul timber out of a nearby estate. Both the tunnel and the viaduct over the river Tweed next to it, are Grade B Listed by Scottish Heritage.
Visited with Mrs Bovine, who insisted on going shopping afterwards!

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The West portal, with mist issuing from it...

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Thankfully the mist started clearing after producing this weird effect!

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Mist nearly gone

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No refuges, but half way along was this little arch...

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Inside was a short heading, unlined and collapsed

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Looking out of the heading, note the missing lintel above

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Straight, except for a curve just before the East end, so you can't see through it!

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East portal, into a muddy cutting

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Remains of a chipping bin, these were used to pack under sleepers

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View from the East portal

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Back to th Wast end and on to the viaduct. This has 8 arches on a curve of 1320 feet and is one of the finest examples in Scotland of skew arch construction. It is 15 feet wide.

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