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Report - Werneth and Central Railway Tunnels - Oldham - Feb 2011

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by The Lone Ranger, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. The Lone Ranger

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    Oldham Werneth and Central Railway Tunnels


    Originally opened in the 1860's for the Lancashire & Yorkshire railway, the 2 railway tunnels, Werneth & Central tunnel are situated between what was the Werneth & Oldham Mumps stations.

    The loop line closed on the 3rd October 2009 for work to be carried out on the new Metrolink service.

    The Werneth tunnel measures 471yards and runs straight through the hillside; while the Central Tunnel measures 449yards and has a 30o degree bend; the 2 are separated by a short cutting.


    Have been meaning to wander though these for a bit; so a wet afternoon in Oldham allowed me to explore the tunnels before the Metro Link opens; a nice leisurely Sunday afternoon.

    I’ll start at the Eastern end of the Central tunnel


    Within the Central Tunnel


    Refuge in the Central Tunnel


    Looking along the curve of the Central Tunnel



    Western end of the Central Tunnel


    Looking at the Werneth Tunnel from the Central Tunnel


    Western portal ofto the Central Tunnel


    Eastern portal to the Werneth Tunnel


    Within the Werneth Tunnel


    And finally the Western portal of the Werneth Tunnel


    Well that’s it, well worth a visit if you’re at a loose end before the Metrolink gets up and running.​

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