Kelmarsh Tunnel - April 2016

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jsp77

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As i was in the area i thought i'd pay a visit, parked the car up and had a nice stroll along the embankment.
The newer tunnel is easily navigated on foot or by cyclists and is part of the Brampton Valley way and has the beautiful ventilation shaft half way, I visited the old closed one.

Construction work on the LNWR's Northampton-Market Harborough line began in 1856, five years after it was originally proposed. The company's intention was to capitalise on the discovery of local ironstone. Richard Dunkley of Blisworth was awarded the contract to build it.
In March 1858, a landslide occurred at the northern end of Kelmarsh Tunnel - one cause of the line's delayed opening. The first passenger train encountered its gloom on 16th February 1859.
The route - initially just a single line - attracted a large volume of traffic. Twenty years on, a second parallel tunnel was bored at Kelmarsh, this one equipped with a ventilation shaft.
The route was deemed surplus to requirements in 1984. Like nearby Oxendon Tunnel, Kelmarsh's newer bore now accommodates the Brampton Valley Way.

on with the pics

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Excellent work, well photographed.
I enjoyed my visit last year with Infraredd.

My favourite shot is of both portals. I tried from the opposite end, and i couldn't get both portals in one frame; even with my wide angle lens
 

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Thanks for all the comments, I did enjoy this one, although it was a very tight squeeze getting in.
 
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