Drewton Tunnel East Yorkshire Aug 2019

Help Support Derelict Places:

wappy

Regular Member
Joined
Oct 30, 2015
Messages
116
Reaction score
484
Location
Pontefract
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
48569026812_0344837815_b.jpg

.
Looking back to the eastern portal
48568877446_41fd5c67c8_b.jpg

.
Number 2 shaft
48569025122_a7c19a6042_b.jpg

.
Looking towards western end
48569023112_e74c5d6de8_b.jpg

.
Someone been here before
48569165097_658a3365e3_b.jpg

.
One of the 5 Shafts
48568874061_6a10308b48_b.jpg

.
Near the western end shows how much mud has been washed in
48569022502_92a7b96aa5_b.jpg

.
Coming out of the Western Portal
48568874726_45c83598e1_b.jpg
 

Sabtr

Veteran Member
Veteran Member
Joined
Apr 3, 2008
Messages
1,478
Reaction score
242
Location
Teesside
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.
 

BikinGlynn

Super Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 7, 2014
Messages
1,831
Reaction score
3,397
Agreed thats lovely that thanks for showing us
 

Latest posts

Top