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History Torpantau - also known as Beacons or Beacon Summit Tunnel - claimed the record for the highest tunnel on the UK's standard gauge network - 1,313 feet above sea level. Reached by a three-mile climb from the south at 1:47 and 1:55, trains passed through it curving sharply to the right on a radius of around 20 chains before emerging onto the notorious Seven Mile Bank, a falling gradient of 1:37 towards Brecon. Torpantau Tunnel (Sometimes known as Devils Tunnel) is 666 yards in length and features a masonry arch springing either off shelves cut high into the rock face or lengths of brick or stone sidewall which were added incrementally over time as the need arose. Refuges are incorporated throughout. Closed on 4th May 1964, the line was only carrying freight. Passengers services across the B&MJR system has ended by January 1963. Thanks for looking
Hey UE chums, I wont spin one out for here as almost all of you will have seen this place in person or have read several reports about it, so you'll know it well enough. For our friends over the water a quick Google will bring you up to speed on the history and disposal scandal attached to this place. I did this on my own and this was my second visit to the site, the first being back in early 2008 and its changed A LOT. I've had these shots a while and not done anything with them until now. Ive put a recent (ish) date down as I cant remember when it was done. 'fast decay' how very true Excuse all the B&W, wanted to give it a try on this one Thanks for stopping by Barracuda.
The Mid Wales Hospital, originally the Brecon and Radnor Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum was a psychiatric hospital in Talgarth, Wales. The building, designed by Messrs Giles, Gough and Trollope of London followed the compact arrow plan and was built at a cost of Â£126,000. It was opened amid public ceremony on March 18, 1903, by the Rt. Hon. Lord Glanusk who said of it "everything has been done that human ingenuity could devise for the happiness and safety of the inmates, and under the blessing of God, for their speedy restoration to health." Like other contemporary institutions, the asylum was designed to be self-sufficient, and had its own private water, electricity, heating and sewerage systems as well as a considerable agricultural estate on which able-bodied patients worked to produce food for the hospital. As well as residential wards, the hospital had a large recreation and dining hall, kitchens, workshops "in which the patients [were] encouraged to spend their time profitably", a tailor, bakery, shoe-maker and printing shops as well as 8 acres of market gardens. ,