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    Just found these photos which i had forgotten about.
    Was shown this place by Mr Sam when we were on the way home from the Mansfield Brewery back in september. This tunnel was on the Great Northern line into Leicester. We had to walk through some fields until we came to an overgrown area, where the ventilation shaft shown below was located



    After a short walk you find yourself on top of the portal itself. We went down the steep slope of the cutting and onto the trackbed in front of the portal



    We took a walk down the overgrown trackbed and come across this aqueduct







    We turned around and decided to take a look in the tunnel. There was rubbish laying around and a bit of graffiti, a large amount of it from 10 years ago



    Im not sure how long this tunnel is, but it was a very long walk. There were lots of these refuges shown below along the way



    Also a number of vent shafts



    After a very long walk we finally reached the end where it had been backfilled. It was very wet and was a mass of horrible gooey mud. Overall it was an interesting explore, something different to the usual factories in the city.


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    Nice explore Goldie, looks in the middle of no where, was it far from an urban area?

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    Wow! An aqueduct! A long time since I've seen one of those. Lovely pics and an interesting explore, Goldie. Love the brickwork. Nice one!
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    Thanks people.

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon-G View Post
    looks in the middle of no where, was it far from an urban area?
    It is surrounded by fields and does look pretty secluded, but its only just outside of the city boundary really.

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    Cool tunnel - do you know what its origonal use was?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    Wow! An aqueduct! A long time since I've seen one of those.
    not quite the same as yours, people just don't put the effot in any more
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    It's the Glenfield Tunnel. Was a train line (the logest and first of its kind).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartboy52 View Post
    It's the Glenfield Tunnel. Was a train line (the logest and first of its kind).
    Its not the Glenfield tunnel, This is the Glenfield tunnel:
    Glenfield Tunnel, Leicestershire

    The tunnel in this thread is called 'square spinney tunnel' It was on the Great Northern Railway line from Leicester. The first passenger train ran on 2nd October 1882 and most of the line was disused by 1964. The line was probably best known to Leicester folk as one they would use during the summer months to get to the Lincolnshire coast. Hope that helps

    Just found a site that has some old pics of the line, including some which appear to be the the tunnel itself! How cool!
    http://www.meltonmowbray.steamrailwa...%20Belgave.htm
    Last edited by Goldie87; 10th Dec 07 at 11:22. Reason: added link

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    Cheers both of you
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    hello

    ill first confirm its most deffinetly NOT the Glenfield tunnel as its on the opposite side on Leicester just beyond Scraptoft down Covet Lane

    not long after the line was closed my great uncle owned the surrounding land and the tunnel itself unfortunatly it was him that had the far end filled in, on a previous trip i have walked over land and pin pointed where the other portal should of been and theres no trace of it

    the line heads off towards tilton just before it reaches tilton it splits and one line heads Ford Skegness via the tilton cutting (jurrasic fossiles can be found there)



    you can see where the line splits here, also covered all the line here as know the land owner



    me on a previous visit below the vent shaft



    where the portal at the other end once was

    no point me posting any more pictures as there all pretty simular
    Last edited by Mr Sam; 10th Dec 07 at 16:40.

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