1. Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections plus a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. Creating an account removes some ads, allows you to post replies, start new topics and threads, and gives you access to more features including bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Wenvoe Tunnel, Cardiff - June 2012

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by cunningcorgi, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. cunningcorgi

    cunningcorgi 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2011
    Messages:
    161
    Likes Received:
    28
    HISTORY

    The Barry Railway Company was born to release the stranglehold of the Taff Vale Railway and Cardiff Docks on the export of South Wales’ coal. Work on it started in 1885 and thanks to their efficiency, by 1910, Barry Docks had overtaken their near neighbour in terms of tonnage shifted.

    Within four years, the company had built a substantial rail network including several branches and an 18½-mile main line from Trehafod into the docks. Included in this was a double-track bore of 1,868 yards at Wenvoe which first saw active service in 1889.

    The tunnel is brick lined except for a short section at its southern end where a change in geology occurs. Towards its centre is a single ventilation shaft, also brick lined and almost the full width of the structure.

    Traffic through the tunnel came to a premature close on 31st March 1963 thanks to a fire which destroyed Tynycaeau North signal box. Since then, it has become home to a large water main and extraordinary mineral deposits which adorn the walls. A pile of junk has come to rest at the foot of the shaft and the tunnel now suffers badly from flooding, with waters reaching a depth of four feet after heavy rainfall.

    THE VISIT

    Visited with wonkycows.

    1. View in from the southern portal
    7481794566_3c55154b5c_z.jpg

    2. Soot, red brick and calcite
    7481792294_7e69e1de18_z.jpg

    3. View up the airshaft
    7481786968_dd56f28d9b_z.jpg

    4. Airshaft from the trackbed
    7481786218_cf7c7b09e1_z.jpg

    5. Closing in on the northern portal
    7481780932_238fb37bcf_z.jpg

    6. Lost seat
    7481780134_6261271b43_z.jpg

    7. Not oil unfortunatly
    7481779422_23ef0bd1fc_z.jpg

    8. Calcited refuge
    7481778450_4a20634789_z.jpg

    9. Nearly out
    7481774178_ac3af3904c_z.jpg

    10. The southern portal
    7481772610_ba5bee3c21_z.jpg

    Thanks for looking.
     

    Remove this ad by donating or subscribing.

Draft saved Draft deleted
Loading...

Users Who Have Read This Thread (Total: 0)

Share This Page

Remove this ad by creating an account and logging in