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    Default East Norton / Hallaton tunnel, Leicestershire, Feb13


    Built in 1879 and run jointly by the Great Northern and London North Western Railway, the twin bore runs 444 yards under a hill. It closed in 1957, unusual in that is was long before the Beeching axe.

    This was when my latest torch arrived, (I’m building up quite an armoury of torches now!) so wanted to give it a good road test, so I set out with my tripod to explore a dark abandoned tunnel, and I'm quite pleased with the results. I thought I got rumbled on my way there, but no one appeared, which is good as I didn’t want to come across an angry farmer with dogs and shotgun! A hazard of Rurex, especially on a solo explore.

    The tunnel is in remarkably good condition for its age and 50 year neglect, and aside from a little flooding at the north entrance, is dry inside. It is lined in engineering blue bricks, and has a curious oval shape, which I’ve not seen on twin tracks before. I couldn’t see any drainage or open catch pits. North of the site was East Norton station, and an impressive 13 arch viaduct, which was sadly demolished in 2001. The tunnel is home to an assortment of rusting farm implements & tractors.


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    south portal (near Hallaton)




    the countryside above the tunnel


    thanks for looking! Comments always welcome
    Black cat exploring company
    & LSD - Leicester Super Derpers

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wombat View Post
    Built in 1879 and run jointly by the Great Northern and London North Western Railway, the twin bore runs 444 yards under a hill. It closed in 1957, unusual in that is was long before the Beeching axe.

    This was when my latest torch arrived, (Iím building up quite an armoury of torches now!) so wanted to give it a good road test, so I set out with my tripod to explore a dark abandoned tunnel, and I'm quite pleased with the results. I thought I got rumbled on my way there, but no one appeared, which is good as I didnít want to come across an angry farmer with dogs and shotgun! A hazard of Rurex, especially on a solo explore.

    The tunnel is in remarkably good condition for its age and 50 year neglect, and aside from a little flooding at the north entrance, is dry inside. It is lined in engineering blue bricks, and has a curious oval shape, which Iíve not seen on twin tracks before. I couldnít see any drainage or open catch pits. North of the site was East Norton station, and an impressive 13 arch viaduct, which was sadly demolished in 2001. The tunnel is home to an assortment of rusting farm implements & tractors.


    north portal




















    south portal (near Hallaton)


    the countryside above the tunnel


    thanks for looking! Comments always welcome
    Nice one Wombat, that's some awesome lightpainting there. Thanks for sharing.
    And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring. And its wild bark thrilled around. His eyes had the glow of the fires below. Twas the form of the Spectre Hound. 'Ha' yer fa'r got a dickey, bor?' 'Yis, an' he want a fule ter roide 'im, will yew cum?'

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    cracking set of pics, love the dumped tractor

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    Sun comes out and everyone goes underground

    Great pics!
    Why go through a door when there's a perfectly good window?
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    Thanks for the comments guys!
    A nice tunnel
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    & LSD - Leicester Super Derpers

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    Should have looked me up- im not far from here ;)
    I go here quite alot to try out new torches and light paint
    Tickle me.......


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    Quote Originally Posted by losttom View Post
    Should have looked me up- im not far from here ;)
    I go here quite alot to try out new torches and light paint
    Cheers Losttom :)
    I wouldn't mind going back to do some light painting myself
    We could always meet up some time
    Black cat exploring company
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wombat View Post
    Cheers Losttom :)
    I wouldn't mind going back to do some light painting myself
    We could always meet up some time
    Anytime mate :)
    Tickle me.......


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    Nice looking tunnel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyboys90 View Post
    Nice looking tunnel.
    thank you :)
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