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    Hay folks myself and chris34 give these sites a visit a couple of weeks ago.
    Now unfortunately at some point I managed to delete most of the days explore photos when loading my camera into my bag taking with it all my images I had saved on my memory card so I will share with you the ones I did manage to get.



    The first tunnel we visited was Catesby tunnel
    bit of history
    Originally planned as a cutting, its existance is due entirely to the owner of the Catesby Estate who did not want unsightly trains blotting his landscape.
    The 2,997-yard structure was cut by T Oliver & Son of Horsham as part of the Great Central's 'London Extension' construction contract No.4.
    Its creation demanded round 290,000 cubic yards of mining. Work to sink the first shaft began on 18th February 1895 and the last length was keyed in on 22nd May 1897 - a remarkably quick average rate of 110 yards per month. Progress was greatly accelerated by the use of Ruston steam navvies (cranes).
    The tunnel was mostly driven from nine construction shafts, each equipped with wooden headgear which was used to lower materials to the men working beneath.

    In 1906 there was a accident where a high speed train travelling at 60 mph was derailed due to a faulty rail which there was 2 injuries and no deaths.

    Catesby Tunnel retired from operational service on 3rd September 1966

















    how she looked when under construction













    he second tunnel was the second bore of oxendon tunnels which is now used as a public footpath and cycle route
    bit of history
    Oxendon tunnel which has two bores was designed and built by George Stephenson and was opened in 1859. It was built to connect Northampton and Market Harborough and was used to transport passengers and the huge amounts of ironstone that were found in Northamptonshire in the mid nineteenth century. It see its last train in 1981














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    As long as you haven't overwritten anything, have a go with one of these...

    http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/sy...arecovery.html
    Do it safely, or not at all.

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    Brilliant love to visit some tunnels like that.
    May the shadow of Murphy never darken your door."
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    Thanks seahorse i will give that ago
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    Nice one,thanks for sharing.

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    God I love railway stuff (I said that in public didn't I).. great report, will head there myself one day
    If there is a fence round it then it must be worth looking at !

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    Thanks for the comments guys
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    Wow, really impressed you cracked Catesby. Still at the top of my list of unconquered tunnels.
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