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Report - Treforest Tin Works Tunnel, South Wales - January 2013

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by cunningcorgi, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. cunningcorgi

    cunningcorgi 28DL Regular User
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    Visited solo.

    HISTORY

    Not an awful.

    The tunnel is part of the old Tin Works in Treforest which are now totally trashed. Various sources maintain it was a train tunnel but the link never opened. Highly unlikely due to the shape and formation. More likely, the tunnel was used as a watercourse which diverted water from the nearby River Taff to the Tin Works.

    From a local history site -

    The tunnel you mention at the site of the old Tin Works in Treforest was part of the course for what was / is locally known as “the Feederâ€￾. It was a channel of water that was used to provide the original power to the mill machinery before the onset of steam. The head of the Feeder was some hundred yards up the road at the Treforest Weir. Interestingly enough, the large house that overlooks this weir was once the home of one of the original Tin Works owners,the Crawshays, before they moved up to Forest House (Part of the University of Glam).

    The tunnel is about 200 yards long and is complete with iron girders at bollock level most of the way. Some have rusted away and collapsed and no doubt the rest will soon follow at some stage in the future.

    THE VISIT

    Plan A this weekend was to go to North Wales, but the weather decided to put a stop to that -

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    Plan B involved driving which got more and more impossible as the day wore on. Finally, Plan C involved going to the Tin Works because the trains were still running and they stop just up the road from the tunnel. The Littlest Jellyfish visited this site in the summer of 2012 and his report can be seen here -

    http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php/73671-Treforest-Tunnel-Rhondda-August-2012

    1. Trashed up Tin Works
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    2. Tin Works portal
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    3. View up the tunnel and first sign of the bloody girders
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    4. Pontypridd end portal in the distance
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    5. Girders in various stages of collapse
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    6. View back to Tin Works portal
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    7. Inside Pontypridd end portal
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    8. The view back
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    9. Ponypridd portal
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    Thanks for looking.
     

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