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Report - Ravenscar Tunnel, April 2015

Mutagen

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#1
This is probably the shortest, easiest tunnel you could ever hope to do: two minutes from the roadside, no access issues and only 279 yards long - no side adits to explore or anything of huge interest so I wasn't going to put a report up on this one but a bit of interest over on my Kettleness/Sandsend Tunnel thread sparked this one off.

History

Part of the Whitby-Scarborough railway line from the late nineteenth century, the line from Whitby ran over the enormous Larpool viaduct before heading up to Hawsker then around the coast to Robin Hood's Bay. From here, a steep (for trains) 1 in 39 climb took the line up to Ravenscar where the station was somewhat prosaically named 'Peak' (it's the highest point on the line between Whitby and Scarborough). The plans were just to run the line overland to Peak station before beginning the long descent towards Scarborough - these were scuppered by the Lord of Raven Hall (W.H. Hammond) who refused to let a railway run over his land and spoil his view therefore a short tunnel (with a relatively sharp curve and steep gradient) had to be built to accommodate Lord Pimply-Butt's desires. The line was closed in the 1950s and the track ripped up - the tunnels on this stretch have therefore been abandoned ever since - Ravenscar is in pretty decent nick compared to some of the others and has stayed collapse-free but there are now signs of time taking its toll on the internal brick and stonework.

The Disused Stations website has some great archive shots of the tunnel.


Tunnel report

Entering through the western portal is an absolute doddle (even the undergrowth seems to have been cut back recently) and you're immediately inside a fairly dry and colourful tunnel:

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Less sooty and dark than Sandsend and drier underfoot too! No ventilation shafts or side adits out to the cliff edge to add some spice, just the standard brick/stone refuges built into the tunnel walls:

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There is evidence of strain on some of the brick and stonework further down in the tunnel towards the east portal:

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It's not long at all until you're at the east portal, looking back:

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So then you head back through, paying more attention to what's going on in there, playing about with the camera and lights (see below for a lights on/lights off comparison shot):

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There is a little bit of damp in there (tinted with the characteristic ochre colour from iron present in the local area):

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Again, it's not long before you're looking at the west portal again:

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So you play around with some daft selfies before you head home:

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There you have it: a quick, simple and pleasant way of spending an hour or so if the weather is crap!

Thanks for reading.
 

linkyork

28DL Member
28DL Member
#9
This is probably the shortest, easiest tunnel you could ever hope to do: two minutes from the roadside, no access issues and only 279 yards long - no side adits to explore or anything of huge interest so I wasn't going to put a report up on this one but a bit of interest over on my Kettleness/Sandsend Tunnel thread sparked this one off.

History

Part of the Whitby-Scarborough railway line from the late nineteenth century, the line from Whitby ran over the enormous Larpool viaduct before heading up to Hawsker then around the coast to Robin Hood's Bay. From here, a steep (for trains) 1 in 39 climb took the line up to Ravenscar where the station was somewhat prosaically named 'Peak' (it's the highest point on the line between Whitby and Scarborough). The plans were just to run the line overland to Peak station before beginning the long descent towards Scarborough - these were scuppered by the Lord of Raven Hall (W.H. Hammond) who refused to let a railway run over his land and spoil his view therefore a short tunnel (with a relatively sharp curve and steep gradient) had to be built to accommodate Lord Pimply-Butt's desires. The line was closed in the 1950s and the track ripped up - the tunnels on this stretch have therefore been abandoned ever since - Ravenscar is in pretty decent nick compared to some of the others and has stayed collapse-free but there are now signs of time taking its toll on the internal brick and stonework.

The Disused Stations website has some great archive shots of the tunnel.


Tunnel report

Entering through the western portal is an absolute doddle (even the undergrowth seems to have been cut back recently) and you're immediately inside a fairly dry and colourful tunnel:

View attachment 1930

Less sooty and dark than Sandsend and drier underfoot too! No ventilation shafts or side adits out to the cliff edge to add some spice, just the standard brick/stone refuges built into the tunnel walls:

View attachment 1931

There is evidence of strain on some of the brick and stonework further down in the tunnel towards the east portal:

View attachment 1932

It's not long at all until you're at the east portal, looking back:

View attachment 1933

So then you head back through, paying more attention to what's going on in there, playing about with the camera and lights (see below for a lights on/lights off comparison shot):

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There is a little bit of damp in there (tinted with the characteristic ochre colour from iron present in the local area):

View attachment 1936

Again, it's not long before you're looking at the west portal again:

View attachment 1937

So you play around with some daft selfies before you head home:

View attachment 1938

There you have it: a quick, simple and pleasant way of spending an hour or so if the weather is crap!

Thanks for reading.
 

ACID- REFLUX

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#11
Nice ones as usual fella :thumb
I found it a very photogenic little tunnel TBH there"s a nice spread of colours going on inside there, and no wonder the trains found it hard going up that incline especially with that curve. And all because Mr Toff didn"t want to see the Trains lol

I like the way nobody knows it"s there, especially the walkers on the Coastal path, It"s more incognito than Sandsend & Kettleness & we got some right looks as we came up the banking. the other ends full of Bramble access though :(
 

Miagre1

28DL Member
28DL Member
#12
Great photos. I've been through this tunnel several times by steam train and then diesel. The last time in 1968 was ,with the at the time a prospective Mrs Baxter, driving a Morris Oxford (slowly), to get some shopping from Ravenscar for a Farmer down the line at Browside.
 

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