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Report - Severn Bridge Railway Tunnel, Lydney - September 2014



TallRich

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#1
Hi All,

I've been reading around these forums for a few weeks now, and have been on 5 successful explores, with Ourtcloud and a couple of other non 28dl members.

We had a great visit to the Severn Bridge Railway Tunnel in Lydney today, and managed to get some good shots we thought would be good to share!

The history of this site are well documented elsewhere on this forum (here) but here is a brief overview:

The Severn Bridge Railway Tunnel was built by the Severn Bridge Railway company in the 1870s to transport coal from the Forest of Dean on the Severn and Wye Railway. The Tunnel formed a part of the Lydney to Sharpness link, and led to the nearby Severn Railway Bridge.
The tunnel was not in active use for long however, as on 25 October 1960, in thick fog and a strong tide, two barges (named the Arkendale H and Wastdale H) - which had overshot Sharpness Dock - collided with one of the columns of the railway bridge after being carried upstream. Two spans bridge collapsed into the river, and after further damage to the bridge in February 1961, when another span collapsed, the bridge was deemed to be damaged beyond economic repair, and the tunnel was taken out of service forever soon after.

More recently, the tunnel seems to have been used by a local farmer, as access between his fields. Parts of the old station are now being used for raising grouse or some other small game birds.

North-East entrance to the tunnel
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Some lovely colours and textures in the brick and block work of the tunnel
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Reflection of my shadow on the roof
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A shot of one of the tunnel's many refuge points
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Another refuge point, nice contrast between the stone and the red brick work
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Wooden planks are fastened to the wall and ceiling in places, possibly to support repair works, or part of an old lining
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This refuge was in the worst condition of them all, with parts of the brickwork completely collapsed. You can see the wooden support behind the roof of the refuge, and the stone behind it.
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hope you enjoy the photos!

TallRich
 

TallRich

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#3
Re: Severn Railway Tunnel, Lydney - September 2014

Hi The Kwan,

thanks for your nice comments, I'll be sure to add the history to my future reports :)
 

TallRich

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28DL Full Member
#4
Re: Severn Railway Tunnel, Lydney - September 2014

Thanks for sharing this with us mate, some decent images but you will need that history in the report :)
Thanks for the kind words, I've updated my first post with a bit of history, and will definitely make a bigger effort in the future!

Happy Exploring

TallRich
 

Oort

Fear is the little death.
Regular User
#5
Nice one Rich, had a great time today I'm just going through my pics and then I'll post em.
 

Oort

Fear is the little death.
Regular User
#6
Ok Here's what I got.



Light Painting my first shot.
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Stalagmites
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mmmMMmm, Stripey.
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Light reflected from puddles of water.
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Anyone need some tyres?
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Setting up
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Obligatory long shot through tunnel
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Rat Poo Bench (Officially named by Carol)
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Awesome Ceilings
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Magic can of Lilt
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Polo

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28DL Full Member
#9
Been through that tunnel a number times as I live fairly near it myself, and I must say I do like it quite a bit! :laugh
 

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