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Lead or Rumour info - Old railway tunnel in Bury

sticky steve

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#1
Does anyone know about an old tunnel that runs under Bolton Road in Bury.It starts just near to daisyfield flats and at the side of charlies chips on Bury and Bolton road.The top of the tunnel is just visable here
but i believe it ends in the gas works down on Bury Bridge.I am not sure if it has been bricked up at this point or not.The line was used untill round about 1960 to transport coal to produce towns gas for the people of Bury.
 

Red_Phos

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#3
It could be part of the East Lancs Railway, which is very active, best Googling it or even better Google Earthing it.
 

sticky steve

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#4
Hi
no its defo not part of the east lancs line,it used to spur off the old Bury to Bolton line i will post some picks shortly
 

sticky steve

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#5
Thanks mate i have heard about it a few times and always wondered where it was.I think the old entrance/exit is bricked up in the old gas works which seems to be prety empty of workmen.Maybe a sledge hammer would do the job.
 

Chris Daddytobe Ellaway

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#7
good digging (pardon the pun)
hey guys,
i am going to see if i can have a look at this one today, i have had a good read up (on what i can find) i think i know where the description of the tunnel is so i will go up in a few hours and have a look i will post some pictures if i can get in :) (if anyone has any more info on this tunnel let me know)

Good Hunting Shortie:D
 

Moose

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#8
Anyone had any luck with the tunnel? I live pretty local and know the rough location, is it worth checking out?
 

Ordnance

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#13
Location picture 3 in post #11 is not a bridge but the other end of the tunnel which is solid on the other side, meaning short tunnel was filled in at some time, the bed of the route can be clearly seen on Google Earth, and zoom in to ground level!
 

Moose

My name is Jeff
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#14
Cheers Ordnance, saved a good hour's walk lol, and sorry for bringing up an old post, I just thought it may have lead somewhere!
 

Hammatoo

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#15
Cheers Ordnance, saved a good hour's walk lol, and sorry for bringing up an old post, I just thought it may have lead somewhere!
Hi
Used to live in this area, many years ago.
The line into the gas works went under Bolton Road then underneath the canal feeder. Just before going under Ainsworth Road, at the rear of the Pub, Derby Arms I think since demolished, you could look down on the line as it emerged from the tunnel. On utube there is an interesting collection of still photos entitled "bury knowsley st to gasworks sidings slide show" the penultimate photo shows a train from bury at the gas works siding junction and signal box. This photo was taken from the bridge at The Florence Nightingale Hospital, now Alpha Hospital. Used to trainspot from that bridge as a kid. Never know, I may have been nearby when the photo was taken!!
John.
Also on the utube slide show some photos of the gas works loco. The driver on the Loco was called Norman, he lived next to the railway bridge at the Florence Nightingale Hospital. During weekdays he would come home for lunch on the Loco, parking it on the siding at the Signal box, then run up the embankment at the back of his house, and have his lunch.
John
 
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