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Report - Standedge Tunnels July '11

aem

Perilously hopeless....
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Your explorers for the evening: Mstarmatt & aem
Powered by: Relentless and BLT butties (other energy drinks and sandwiches are available)

There are three railway tunnels and a canal tunnel (on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal). The canal tunnel is the longest and oldest of the tunnels, and holds the record as the longest and highest canal tunnel in Britain.[1] All four tunnels are linked by cross-tunnels or adits at strategic locations within the tunnels. The adits allowed the railway tunnels to be built much more quickly by allowing 'waste spoil'(sic) to be removed by boat and reducing the need for shafts for construction.
Of the railway tunnels, only the tunnel built in 1894 is currently used for rail traffic. Closed in 1943, the canal tunnel was re-opened in May 2001. The Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre, at the Marsden end of the tunnel, serves as a base for boat trips into the canal tunnel and hosts an exhibition which depicts the various crossings.

I could bore you all senseless like I did mstarmatt with the rest of the history and construtcion of the tunnels, but I won't. There's plenty on wiki if you're interested :D.

Imagine our surprise when we rocked up to find every man, women and child lining the roads to see this steam engine leaving the Marsdon station. This was going to take a while. :banghead

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After some Yorkshire stylee ninja infiltration (jumping down a 10ft wall and running down a field) we were in

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3.5 miles of disused rail tunnel

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One of the many adits used to move spoil from the rail tunnels while under construction via the canal tunnel

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Base of an airshaft. An unbelievable amount of water was pouring down every available point in here - even though rain was nowhere to be seen. I suppose being 160ft below the surface will do that.

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Strengthening

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DANGER: EXPLORER

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Canal

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Must've forgotten mine

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Explorers - MULTIPLY! :eek:

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Thanks for your looking :thumb
 

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