Report - Wye Valley Railway tunnels, October 2008

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28DL Full Member
Oct 11, 2008
Having seen the amazing effects that can be acomplished with lightpainting, I decided to take new pictures of the tunnels of the disused Wye Valley railway tunnels. It's my first time doing so, so please go easy on me - they're not as good as they could be.

The photographs from last year, which has a few more of Tintern station and the bridge remains, can be found here:

Tintern Tunnel, which has had all the rails removed. Not that a train could get through anyway, because the end facing Monmouth has had the bridge removed.







A viaduct. You wouldn't even notice you were on it until you look over the side.


Tidenham quarry. This is the largest quarry I've ever come across, and it was responsible for occasional traffic through the Tidenham tunnel to collect stone. As I understand it, the last trains stopped when the quarry closed in 1981.


The line. It's hard to believe that trains would have passed along this just twenty-seven years ago.


A linesman's hut, just before the tunnel. I don't understand what this would have been used for - why would they need a hut for occasional maintainance?

Tidenham tunnel. At 1,188 yards, I seem to recall that this was about the twentieth longest tunnel in Britain or something like that. I can't help feel a bit guilty for providing the ladder on the other side of the fence - a sticker on it states that it was only ordered in late August and already it's been surpassed with ladders - only one of which was previously there. It must get more use than I thought.







A refuge:



The huge ventilation shaft.


A rather sleepy bat in the tunnel:


Further along the line was this bridge in a slightly amusing state:


I have heard rumours of plans for a heritage or even full railway being rebuilt, which sounds feasible as the trackbed - and even some of the track - mostly remains. Does anybody know whether there's any truth in these?
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