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Report - Tidenham Train Tunnel, Chepstow, December 2015

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by kkj, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. kkj

    kkj 28DL Regular User
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    I’ve seen a few pictures previously online of this place and they have always looked pretty decent so I thought I would go and check it out for myself.

    Unfortunately I had a limited light supply which didn’t help the picture quality but either way I thought it was a worth an
    explore and well worth a look if you are in the area!

    Cheers for looking!


    History

    The 1,188-yard Tidenham Tunnel took trains from the steep-sided gorge at its northern end into green and pleasant farmland.

    Curving immediately to the west, its straight central section is reached after around 250 yards. A lone ventilation shaft - the lower part of which is unlined - is encountered after a further ¼ mile, a little beyond the halfway point. Another curve then takes the track to the northern portal.

    Opened on 1st November 1876, the tunnel was driven on a falling gradient to the north of 1:100.

    During its later life, the condition of the tunnel deteriorated and it was the subject of some refurbishment in 1959, the year passenger services ended. British Rail decided to mothball the route towards the end of 1981. Official closure came in 1986, although some reports quote 1988.

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  2. Lenston

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    Its a good tunnel for sure.
     
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