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yeah and the way things are it may not be possible anymore

well said matey!!

Really good pics mate, and well done at lighting up that main tunnel, thats an achievment in itself, i went there armed with 1 Maglite, and realised I had brought just a little too less :roll:

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    • By SuZyQue
      Visited this place with Lynton, Miss CSI, and SteAlTh last year, it has now been sealed up, but a interesting little explore, Enjoy the pics.My camera wasn't the best then, had a cheap old argos number, the others have better ones.
      The tiny hole we squeezed through.



      Lots of old bottles and rubbish lying about, we think that when pleasurama was on the site they used to put some of there stuff inside this place.



      Lots of carvings in the chalk.






      This was a nice easy explore.
    • By evo_mad
      This is a fantastic site full of old and new trains and related kit.
      Swansea council has been trying for ages to get it shut down and has now succeeded.
      It was close to me so hood_mad and I decided to have a look.
      There are CCTV cameras in the area, notably, one on the main wall of the workshop building, a really small almost webcam like one and a few normal industrial types on the roof of Morris Bros.
      Anyway, onto the photos.
      Under carriage near the entrance to the tracks from the north side.

      Platform north end.

      Gritter carriage.

      Track shot.

      hood_mad on the way up the tracks.

      Coming up to the site.

      View from one of the signal towers

      Brick tower??

      Discreet warnings

      Main workshop, note camera top left of door.

      There were loads of carrieages.


      Inside the blue carriage in the first photo.




      Engine.

      Inside locked engine room - shot through holes in the door.


      Happy & Sad.

      Crane.

      Open carriage like in the movies.

      Burnt out carriage.

      One of the fires burnt the alloy doors.



      Signal box.

      Inside






      Drivers compartment of one of the newer engines.

      Largish spider.

      Cheers for looking.
      J.
    • By LewisS
      How do lads and lasses.
      I first got into exploring by taking an interest in Miley Tunnel. Coming from Preston, you often heard stories of Miley Tunnel and it's supposed paranormal inhabitants. This place was used to scare young kids, for teenagers to dare each other to walk through and for adults to throw rubbish over the side into as well.
      It was part of the now defunct Preston to Longridge Railway which also ran a service to Whittingham.
      Apparently, there have been plans to reopen this as a tram link to the M6 at Junction 31a. Perfect for the student types in the university which is situated next to this place and I guess it might cut traffic going into Preston City Centre itself.
      History shamelessly half inched from Wiki:
      The Preston and Longridge Railway (P&LR) was a branch line in Lancashire, England. Originally designed to carry quarried stone in horse-drawn wagons, it became part of an ambitious plan to link the Lancashire coast to the heart of Yorkshire. The plan failed, and the line closed to passengers in 1930 and to goods in 1967.
      Early history
      The Preston and Longridge Railway Company was set up in 1836 to build a tramway from the newly opened Tootle Heights Quarry in Longridge to Preston. The 6½-mile (10½ km) single-track line was opened on 1 May 1840, with crude passenger facilities at Longridge, Grimsargh and Deepdale Street in Preston.
      Wagons were horse-drawn from Preston uphill to Longridge. Wagons ran by gravity in the opposite direction as far as Ribbleton, which was then a village just outside Preston. Horses were used for the final two miles (3 km) to Deepdale. Longridge ashlar sandstone was widely used in the region, for example in the building of Lancaster Town Hall, Bolton Town Hall, Preston railway station and Liverpool Docks.
      Development
      Miley Tunnel
      In 1850, a double-track extension was built connecting to the existing line a few hundred yards east of the Deepdale Street terminus. The line passed via the 862-yard (788 m) Miley Tunnel under the north part of Preston and connected to the Preston and Wyre Joint Railway very close to that line’s original terminus at Maudlands. The extension was initially used for goods only.
      The first work on the Grimsargh to Skipton line was the excavation of a short cutting (which still exists) south of Hurst Green (at 53.827385°N 2.484603°W), but then the project was abandoned. In 1852, the FP&WRR Company collapsed. The Preston and Longridge Railway acquired the engines and rolling stock of the collapsed company in lieu of owed rental fees.
      However, in 1856 a reformed Fleetwood, Preston and West Riding Junction Railway Company purchased the line. The line through Miley Tunnel was opened to passengers, with new stations at each end, at Deepdale Bridge on Deepdale Road and at Maudland Bridge. The original Deepdale Street terminus was closed to passengers but continued to be used for goods.
      By 1866, the plan to extend the line to Yorkshire had been revived. Fearing that the rival Midland Railway would buy the line to gain access to Preston, the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR) bought the line instead. From the following year, the line was owned jointly by the L&YR and the London and North Western Railway (LNWR).
      In 1885, Maudland Bridge Station was closed and passenger trains ran on to the adjacent LNWR main line to Preston Station, allowing connections to other railway lines for the first time.
      Whittingham Hospital Branch
      In June 1889, a private branch line was opened northwards from Grimsargh to Whittingham Asylum two miles (3 km) away. As well as supplies, hospital staff and visitors were carried free of charge in converted goods brake vans. Trains (as many as twelve per day) were timed to connect with passenger trains at Grimsargh.
      The locomotives used on the hospital branch were industrial types with the exception of the ex-London, Brighton and South Coast Railway no. 357, Riddlesdown, which was purchased in February 1948 from British Railways for £745.
      The hospital line continued to operate long after the main branch closed to passengers in 1930. The hospital trains were now timed to connect with bus services at Grimsargh. The line eventually closed on 29 June 1957.
      Decline
      By 1930 the popularity of bus travel caused the line to close to passengers. The line to Longridge remained open to goods traffic until November 1967.
      Goods traffic continued to use part of the line as far as the Courtaulds factory at Red Scar, until the last train worked by class 25 diesel, number 25 142 on Friday 8 February 1980. The Gamull Lane bridge over the line at Ribbleton was subsequently removed. All that now remained of the whole line was a Y-shaped link between the West Coast Main Line and coal yards at the site of the original Deepdale Street terminus. This, too, was closed in the 1990s, although the tracks for this section were never taken up.
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      The track through Miley Tunnel, though rusty and overgrown, still exists.
      The line’s route in Preston between Blackpool Road and Red Scar is now a cycle path and footpath. It is planned to extend the path to Grimsargh.
      In Longridge, a portal to a blocked-off tunnel under Higher Road that led to Tootle Heights Quarry is a Grade II listed building. The station buildings at Longridge and Ribbleton still survive.
      In 2003, the Preston City Link Canal Trust was formed with a plan to reopen part of the Lancaster Canal to a new marina to be constructed in the vicinity of the former Maudland Bridge railway station. One option being considered was to reopen the Longridge line as far as Deepdale or Ribbleton, the line passing by viaduct over the new marina.
      In 2010, light rail manufacturer Trampower UK opened negotiations to use a segment of the former route as a tram demonstrator line. Initially, Trampower UK would use the line from the Miley Tunnel portal to Ribbleton, however their long term ambition is to provide a service on the line from the M6 Junction 31A to Preston city centre.
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      Me and my Dad explored Miley. It was the first time my Dad had been back down for 40 years. We walked through and got the pics on the way back.
      The Deepdale Entrance:

      Looking back out towards Deepdale:

      Looking in from Deepdale:

      One last look back towards the light:

      Onwards into the darkness:

      Playing about with the remote and some LEDs:

      Train copy FAIL:

      Blue Light Orb:

      Midway Point:

      Orange Light Orb that looks like a friggin' Mandarin:

      Light at the end of the tunnel:

      Back into the light:

      Looking back towards the tunnel:

      Back in to the smaller tunnel:

      Looking back towards to tunnel as we finished:

      All in all it was great to finally get down there and great for my Dad to relive a little bit of his youth.
      Thanks for looking
    • By TheBaronof Scotland
      Visited with Scattergun and Stussy (and 2 non members)
      The station was opened on 10 August 1896 by the Glasgow Central Railway. The station building was on ground level, and the platforms were underground, beneath the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. It was closed between 1 January 1917 and 2 March 1919 due to wartime economy, and closed permanently to passengers on 6 February 1939, with the line being closed on 5 October 1964






      cheers
    • By Thelocksmithman
      Well here goes a first report on here since i joined in 2013, completely forgetting i had created an account so please accept my delayed apologies for being inactive...
       
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      Thanks for looking!!
       
       
       
       
       


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