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Report - standedge rail tunnels

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sewer rat no 2

little bit of info

The railway tunnels
There are three railway tunnels, running parallel to each other and a canal tunnel. The rail tunnels are level for their whole length providing the only section of level track on the line where water troughs could be installed to provide steam locomotives with fresh water supplies without the requirement for the train to stop.

The 1848 tunnel
The first railway tunnel at Standedge was completed by the London and North Western Railway in 1848, having acquired the former Huddersfield and Manchester Railway in 1847. This was a single line tunnel with a length of 3 miles, 57 yards (4803 m). The tunnel is located immediately to the south of, but at a slightly higher level than, the canal tunnel. Cross-passages or adits were dug linking the canal tunnel to the rail tunnel to facilitate the removal of spoil during construction.

The 1871 tunnel
The single track 1848 tunnel soon proved to be a bottleneck for rail traffic between Huddersfield and Manchester, and in 1871 a second parallel tunnel was opened. This tunnel was also a single line tunnel with a length of 3 miles, 57 yards (4803 m), and was situated to the south of the first rail tunnel, to which it is linked by adits.

The 1894 tunnel
In 1894 the London and North Western Railway opened a third rail tunnel, with double track and a length of 3 miles, 60 yards (4806 m). For most of its length, it is situated to the north of the canal tunnel, but passes over the canal tunnel just inside each tunnel entrance. The 1894 tunnel is linked to the 1848 tunnel by adits which pass above the canal tunnel; railway passengers can see the white painted arches of these adits near the ground on the southern side of the tunnel. This tunnel is the third longest rail tunnel in Britain after the Severn Tunnel and the Sheffield to Manchester route's Totley Tunnel.

The rail tunnels today
Today only the 1894 rail tunnel is still used for rail traffic, although all three rail tunnels are still maintained. The 1848 tunnel is used to provide an emergency escape route for the other tunnels, and has been made accessible to road vehicles such as fire engines and ambulances. All passages through the canal tunnel are accompanied by a vehicle in the 1848 tunnel for safety purposes.
visited with rat no 5 , bungle, mendo, and myself
tunnel entrance

original water store

we had a chat with this fella

one of the many interconnecting tunnels

vaulted ceiling in the middle



me and bungle

another tunnel up the steps to the live rail line down to the canal tunnel

bungle at the base of a vent shaft

another vent shaft

down to the canal

thanxs to bungle and mendo it was a good night out lads
thats about it for now
until next time