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    Default Drewton Tunnel East Yorkshire Aug 2019


    The first rail traffic used the tunnel in 1885.
    Drewton Tunnel is one of the longest disused tunnels in the United Kingdom at a length of 1 mile 354 yards (1.933 km),and lies to the east of the shorter Sugar Loaf Tunnel and Weedley Tunnel.

    The western portal of Drewton Tunnel is almost entirely buried with landfill and is situated in a chalk quarry operated by Stoneledge. This end of the tunnel has considerable deposits of mud on the former trackbed washed in by rainfall as a result of local quarrying operations. The eastern portal remains open although is protected with a security fence. The tunnel regularly experiences chalkfalls as the lining inside deteriorates in the damp conditions.

    The tunnel has five airshafts, the middle airshaft situated adjacent to Riplingham crossroads being the deepest. The area around this airshaft was used a temporary camp for navvies building the tunnel.
    The third airshaft situated at Riplingham crossroads,

    Drewton Tunnel was closed to rail traffic in 1958. Since closure landfill has threatened the eastern approaches to the tunnel. The 83 foot deep Little Weighton Cutting has been completely filled in, as have other areas of open space around the eastern portal. Despite its continual decay Drewton Tunnel is now home to a large number of bats.




    Referances and more visit
    Little Weighton Cutting and Drewton Tunnel
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drewton_Tunnel

    Start of our journey at the eastern portal

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    Looking back to the eastern portal

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    Number 2 shaft

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    Looking towards western end

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    Someone been here before

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    One of the 5 Shafts

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    Near the western end shows how much mud has been washed in

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    Coming out of the Western Portal

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    Interesting. From the description I expected it to be far worse than it was though that second image does show some twisting of the arch shape.
    Full of meaty goodness.

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    Excellent report

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    Agreed thats lovely that thanks for showing us
    What the hell am I doing, I mean really at my age!

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