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  1. Another local one that I've been wanting to do for ages, but never got round to it until now. It's filled full of asbestos, so I made sure to bring my good PP3 mask, but even that wasn't enough probably. History During World War 2, the Southern Railway took over the Deepdene Hotel near Dorking in Surrey for its wartime emergency headquarters. In the grounds they excavated an underground control centre taking advantage of a network of existing natural caves that had been acknowledged 300 years before in the diaries of John Evelyn. Because of the natural protection afforded by the location of the caves they were eminently suitable for the development of a bunker to house both the headquarters' telephone exchange and Traffic Control who also had their underground control centre there with underground divisional controls at Woking (South West Division), Southampton (Western Division), Orpington (South Eastern Division) and Redhill (Central Division) The Explore I got a message in the morning saying it's doable and to go soon. So a few hours later I was there and inside. I'd been meaning to do this one for a long time now, especially as its pretty local, so now was a good a time as any. It's actually not a very large bunker, but its nice for its modest size. The infamous 100 steps lived up to its reputation as terrifying. I only went up a few steps, but that's enough. I actually bumped into another explorer here who got the fright of his life as I turned the corner and shown my light at him in a moment of confusion and panic. Turned out to be someone else who got the memo and took a trip down to see it from a little further afield. A nice little bunker, rich full of history. Photos
  2. Hi and happy new year! Here’s a short video of a recent explore of Healey Mills marshalling Yard and Dudfleet mill - thanks for watching!
  3. My hometown is very particular. It's not a big city and its kind of lost between bigger ones. But at least, we have a famous car race who happens every year here. ... and a giant train depot ! "TGV (French: Train à Grande Vitesse, "high-speed train") is France's intercity high-speed rail service, operated by SNCF, the national rail operator. A TGV test train set the record for the fastest wheeled train, reaching 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph) on 3 April 2007. In mid-2011, scheduled TGV trains operated at the highest speeds in conventional train service in the world, regularly reaching 320 km/h (200 mph) on the LGV Est, LGV Rhin-Rhône, and LGV Méditerranée. Following the inaugural service between Paris and Lyon in 1981 on the LGV Sud-Est ("LGV") (French: Ligne à Grande Vitesse, high-speed line), the network, centred on Paris, has expanded to connect main cities across France and in adjacent countries on combinations of high-speed and conventional lines."
  4. Dudley rail tunnel was opened in 1850 to allow the Oxford-Worcester-Wolverhampton Line between Stourbridge and Wolverhampton to pass for several hundred yards beneath Dudley. The tunnel was regularly used by passenger trains until 1964, when the town's station closed along with the remaining passenger stations on the line, although goods trains were still allowed to use the line. It finally closed to all trains on 19 March 1993, when the section of railway between Walsall and Brierley Hill was closed after 143 years in use. A cable laying train passed through the tunnel on 2 July 1993 - nearly four months after the line was officially closed. Explored with @plod and a 28DL member. Plod
  5. The Post Office Railway, also known as Mail Rail, is a driverless underground railway 6 1⁄2 miles (10.5 km) long from Paddington to Whitechapel built to move mail between sorting offices. Inspired by the Chicago Tunnel Company, it operated from 1927 until 2003. Construction of the 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge tunnels started in February 1915 from a series of shafts. During 1917 work was suspended due to the shortage of labour and materials. By June 1924 track laying had started. In February 1927 the first section, between Paddington and the West Central District Office, was made available for training. The line became available for the Christmas parcel post in 1927 and letters were carried from February 1928. A Royal Mail press release in April 2003 said that the railway would be closed and mothballed at the end of May that year. Royal Mail had earlier stated that using the railway was five times more expensive than using road transport for the same task. Despite a report by the Greater London Authority in support of continued use, the railway was closed in the early hours of 31 May 2003. It has sat disused ever since but there are plans to open a museum in 2016. When I first got into this exploring malarkey one of the first people I met was a train geek who was obsessed with getting into mail rail. In fact the only reason he got into exploring was to find his way inside there. I'd never even heard of it at the time but it quickly went top of my list. We spent hours discussing how we could find an access point but we never really got any further than wandering around outside sorting offices peeking through fences. Silent UK's blog was a point of reference for us at the time yet mysteriously got taken offline not long after we'd seen it. Rumours circled that it had been taken down by the authorities and that individuals were facing legal action over it. It became clear that this site was going to be a force to be reckoned with. Around this time I was told by somebody that the one and only place we were really interested in trying was completely sealed and that nobody would ever be getting in that way. My friend at the time didn't hang around on the exploring scene for much longer after that. Roll on a couple of years later however and that is exactly the way that a load of us got in! More thanks to a tip off rather than a stroke of genius but who cares. Cheers to the guys who came along and made the night happen, one of the best nights exploring I've ever had. We covered about two thirds of the network that night I think. It was thirsty work for a group with nothing more than a 2L bottle of Fanta between us. This was a special one that took a couple of days afterwards to really sink in and even looking through my photos now makes me smile from ear to ear! My pics are a little bit jumbled up and a mixture of quality but the best I could come up with, hope you enjoy! 1. New Oxford Street station 2. 3. 4. Emergency escape shaft 5. 6. 7. King Edward Street station, a very derelict feel to this one 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Various sections of tunnel and midget trains 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Floodgate Door 18. 19. 20. ....and last but not least, Mount Pleasant sorting office, where you just have to try and ignore the infrared cameras everywhere and go about your business even though you can hear London's busiest sorting office in action right above your head! Crazy in there 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. So that's Mail Rail. We saw a lot more of it than I've shown, some of my pics came out too naff and some things I didn't photograph because we were too pushed for time. It is one cool ass place to explore and I can only wish that one day I get the chance to see it again. Thanks again to all involved
  6. On the Merthyr Tredegar & Abergavenny Railway line. It has 2 bores - one sort of pedestrianised & the other closed off. Pics First conduit had footprints in but I didn't fancy it. Second is waterlogged & has a metal grill over it. Looks like a tractor has been through here at some point Closed bore - a lot wetter. On the way to the entrance I saw the exit to this tunnel off to the right in the valley below & was wondering how to climb down to it when I found the entrance. Inside. Unlike the rail tunnel it runs down at an angle and could have been real fun if it had have been slippery. & out the end. Thanks for looking.
  7. My local - been here many times but never got into this one. access courtesy of Mr Wombat Designed and built by George Stephenson, the railway linking Northampton with Market Harborough capitalised on the huge amounts of ironstone found in Northamptonshire during the 1850s. At Great Oxendon and Kelmarsh, the route ran through pairs of single bore tunnels. Both Up line structures feature ventilation shafts and now form part of the Brampton Valley Way. This one is the one that bends. old pics 24 Ox 2 inner south by Infraredd, on Flickr 25 Ox 2 inner north by Infraredd, on Flickr new pics Oxendon closed tunnel 01 by Infraredd, on Flickr Oxendon closed tunnel 03 by Infraredd, on Flickr Oxendon closed tunnel 06 by Infraredd, on Flickr Oxendon closed tunnel 07 by Infraredd, on Flickr Oxendon closed tunnel 08 by Infraredd, on Flickr Oxendon closed tunnel 13 by Infraredd, on Flickr Oxendon closed tunnel 15 by Infraredd, on Flickr Oxendon closed tunnel 16 by Infraredd, on Flickr set https://www.flickr.com/photos/infraredd/sets/72157635442580490/ Thanks for looking
  8. Yet another delayed report! Visited with TBM and Friends. Very little on this but what I do know is it was possibly used by The Atomic Weapons Research Establishment as a fuel sidings for trains. The site is very trashed and looks to have been closed for at least a decade. Not much left but an ok mooch for an hour or so. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 Again a bit crap but a good hour or so More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157644920215978
  9. Wolverton Railway Works History Wolverton railway works was established in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, by the London and Birmingham Railway Company in 1838 at the midpoint of the 112 miles (180 km)-long route from London to Birmingham. The line was developed by Robert Stephenson following the great success of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway line. The Victorian era new towns of Wolverton and New Bradwell were built to house the workers and service the works. The older towns of Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell grew substantially too, being joined to it by a tramway and branch line (known as the "Newport Nobby"), respectively. The trams were also hauled by steam locomotives: the tram cars were certainly the largest ever in the UK and possibly the world. In modern times Wolverton railway works remains notable as the home of the British Royal Train but otherwise is very much reduced from its heyday. As of 2013, the facility is much reduced: a full-scale train maintenance, repairs and refurbishment works is operated at the western end of the site, the central area is derelict but slated for redevelopment, the eastern end is a Tesco store with canal-side housing development at the extreme eastern end. My Visit Visited with Southside Assassin, was a great explore, for some reason I wasn't expecting much from Wolverton, perhaps just the description of Railway works and not being a trainspotter, it didn't really get my juices flowing. I couldn't have been more wrong!! Once inside I could see this was going to be a great explore, it has everything, high parts, underground cellars, industrial equipment, in fact I would liken it to a mini Millennium Mills type explore. We mooched around for 5hrs in this place, I loved it! Once again thank you to Southside Assassin for introducing me to this little nugget. The place is mostly made of wood, so hasnt stood the test of time very well, its very spongy and downright dangerous in some places, not sure how much longer this place has left, not long! The Cellars Lower Floor 1st Floor Thank you for looking!
  10. These photos were taken at the derelict Dunaskin brick works near Dalmellington, East Ayrshire, Scotland It used to be the base for a heritage centre until funding was withdrawn in 2005. The Ayrshire railway preservation group use the site which means access is good and there are some interesting locos, carriages etc to see.
  11. A day out smootchin and what's this place i pass many times and never seen until today !!!!!, a repair shop for steam trains....... nice place but I can not give any history on this place or about trains (not my subject sorry), never the less they were very helpful so on with the pics... hope you liked, ill try and go again some time and get some worthy history about each chooo chooooooo all i know is some are from poland (rescued) and one in re build stage from america also some were used in ww2.....
  12. This may be of interest for the climbers out there, somewhere to practice. Sandling was once the junction for a branch line which chugged down the hill to Hythe and Sandgate, doubtless carrying many expectant holidaymakers until its closure in 1951. You can walk most of the old line all the way to hythe. The bridge is almost backfilled at the far end, and over the years has turned into a pond in a tunnel, there where even small fish in it. http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=51.088723&lon=1.069009&z=16.4&r=0&src=msl The west entrance to the tunnel: Looking in: Up on top: Looking back towards Sandling station:
  13. explored with comfort explorer. this is a dissued railway tunnel in royal tunbridge wells a great place to test out my light painting skills lol this is probably one of my favoirte pictures ive ever taken so far just love it and my friend fido