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    Default The lost railways of Leeds.


    Strange things were afoot!

    It's not very often you find a hidden overgrown railway, sidings, engines and trucks. It's even more unusual to find it leads to a well fortified tunnel portal. Unfortunately there was no access for us that day, so what lies beyond is anyone's guess. It isn't until you start to piece it altogether that a wider picture emerges.



    Out of bounds places, a camouflaged narrow gauge railway, coal trucks, and locked tunnel doors!!





    Latent power!



    The hunt for the ghost engines of the strategic steam reserve!

    The question is what lies ahead in the darkness of the barred tunnel portal?
    Could there be 60 rusting hulks of silent steam engines to be explored?

    There have been countless stories about a top secret batch of 'ghost' steam engines for many years. These retired British rail engines are supposed to be stored serviceable in an unknown underground location to this day. These engines are commonly known as the (S.S.R) 'Strategic steam reserve'



    Sixty steam engines were supposed to be kept in reserve in the event of a nuclear attack on Britain. It was thought that a nuclear attack would render all electric circuits useless, due to the electromagnetic radiation given off. The new diesel engines would be well and truly out of action.



    During the late 1960's steam engines began to be replaced by diesels. Rumour has it that a number of these withdrawn locoís were hid away in suspicious circumstances. It is said that these engines are the Stanier 8 and 9F class, some of which were only 10 years old when retired, they have a design life of 50+ years.



    As the mass scrapping of Britainís steam trains began, locoís were sold to the scrap men. Sixty locoís of the Stanier 8 and 9F class still remain unaccounted for. There are countless eyewitness stories of steam engines being stored in sidings long after they were withdrawn. Locos been spirited away in the dead of night, Drivers been sent home early from work, there engines never to be seen again.



    The reserve of steam engines isn't that unusual, Sweden maintained a steam reserve from around 1959 until the early 70ís. Russia still maintains a small steam reserve to this day.


    The hunt for the ghost engines of the strategic steam reserve! by phill.d, on Flickr

    A very British conspiracy sir?

    Perhaps it's all but a joke, perhaps I have too much time on my hands, perhaps it isn't! :)

    Another curious abandoned little railway can be found hid away in Leeds.



    I spy with my little eye!

    Whilst looking at Google Earth I noticed what I thought looked like a small railway, I could see what appeared to be a tunnel for good measure. I've never photographed a miniature railway tunnel before, the sheer novelty of it meant it was a must to do.



    And lo and behold a perfect toy town tunnel was to be found.

    There's something very eccentric about these narrow gauge railways you've just got to love them.





    For those interested in tunnel gen then here goes!
    The tunnel is 32yds long, steeply curved it enters at the South and exits at the East.
    The tunnel is a reinforced concrete lining with no refuges or air shafts along it's length.
    The tunnel remains dry throughout and is remarkably free from Chav damage and litter.
    There are heavy steel doors guarding the tunnel entrance at either end lol :)



    Yes it does run along, and yes we did sit on it and have a go!





    To be continued!
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    Superb stuff sir - A true legend round these parts - Nice to see you out and about!

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    Good pics,

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    Don't hear from you in ages the wham you drop in a gem like this, can't wait for the next installemnt.
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    I like this when are you going in? thanks for sharing.

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    Very nice, something different! Excellent pics

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    pure pornography.............nice work
    The sound of children laughing makes me happy.

    Unless I'm all alone in an abandoned hospital and my torch isn't working properly.

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    Nicely done that man!
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    'busting Bristol wide open since 2010'

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    Excellent report. I live in Leeds and the area until I was 24 and completely missed everything like this! :(
    Scott

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    ROF Heapey, is a most mysterious place associated with the strategic rail reserve etc as well there has been rumours for years that there are steam trains stored underground . http://www.angelfire.com/mn2/Oubliette/Heapey.html Great report by the way

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