So here we have an abandoned quarry in Suffolk. Having a look online I can't find any info about the site.
Apparently there was some work done here in 2016. It doesn't seem that way to me. Anyway just a short video I put together. Not much to see here but the aggregate sorter.
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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.
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 6Ã‚Â½-mile (10Ã‚Â½ 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.
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 lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 53.827385Ã‚Â°N 2.484603Ã‚Â°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 Ã‚Â£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.
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.
The track through Miley Tunnel, though rusty and overgrown, still exists.
The lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
Now you've been bored shit less with the history I'll get to the piccies:
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:
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.
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I took a look around this place back in March and posted it on another UE site but since joining up on here I thought I'd share it on here as well
After reading in the local rag (Leyland Guardian) that planning permission has been submitted and is very likely to be passed on building 750 homes and employment units, I decided to get a look at the old girl again before she disappears for good just like the rest of Leyland's industrial heritage.
Not much history is written about this place but from what I can gather, it was built in the mid to late 70s as a replacement for the 1st Test Track that was situated off Hall Lane in Leyland. As Leyland was considered one of Britain's biggest industrial towns with the Motors site taking up most of the town, it is pretty sad to see that hardly any traces of it remain. We are bombarded with reminders of Leyland's illustrious past and rich industrial heritage yet it's being mothballed to an extent that hardly any of the workers from Leyland Motors barely recognise. Upto now, this unique site has survived the bulldozers but not so much the Pikeys. A lot of the drain covers have been stolen, leaving dangerous 7-10ft drops at the side of the track and the workshop has suffered considerable damage since I visited here in March.
Anyways, on with the pictures...
Just as you get through the access point, look to the left and you're greeted by this which I thought was quite amusing.
Seeing as the Leyland Cross cobbles were covered over in the last two years, I'd say these are the last set of cobbles in Leyland.
I wonder if this is the original sign...
Where once there was industry
I think this safety barrier might've been pikeyed a bit.
Those sweeping corners and high cambers would make for a huge amount of fun around here.
This is the bridge that was used to gain access from the roads to test the trucks and buses.
A look out from the bridge.
The Eyes That No Longer See.
Finally, the Track begins to Give Way to nature.
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Hello there again everybody.
I think it's safe to say a redundant Postman posts more than I do, but getting out can be difficult when you work daft hours.
Once this opportunity came up though, I just couldn't turn it down. I've been fascinated with Whittingham for at least 15 years but never managed to get in. Sadly I finally got in while she was in the midst of being torn down. I missed out on the amazing corridors although I did get into the famous hall and even managed to get up the water tower that had eluded so many previous explorers, which was being torn down the week after we were told.
I had heard many stories of how dangerous the old girl had become over the years and finally she had to succumb to the wrecking ball. I wish I'd seen her in her pomp and I envy my friend Rob who quite often walked down the corridors while the floor was still shiny and untouched.
You all know the history of Whittingham so I shall get on with the piccies.
I always found the images of the Crimbo decorations still being in place in the old hall quite creepy.
Stumbling across this little relic in the middle of a demolished corridor was surreal to say the least!
Glass and peely paint!!!
After these little stopping points we headed straight over to the water tower while we still had the light. It was a gem once you got to the top floor. Not being a fit person at all, I was knackered once I got up there...
We did go up the up the spiral staircase but with there being 3 of us and the light not being so good, it was a bit cramped for 3 tripods. Also I'm always guilty of gawping around on an explore instead of taking pics. An explore to me is also an excuse to piss about with torches and LEDs in abandoned buildings.
This one was lit up by Rob to which myself and Tom gleefully took advantage.
My turn to light up the staircase with green LEDs.
With the daylight finally on it's way out we headed back to the hall to mess around with torches and LEDs.
I stood guard with the cameras all on long exposures while Rob and Tom gave the hall a lick of light paint.
Time to head in and play around a bit and say goodbye to the old girl.
It was a pleasure to finally get inside the walls but also quite upsetting and maddening to know this has been on my doorstep for a long time and I've only seen Whitt's partial beauty when it's become near enough too late.
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This was the first time at RAF Upwood Medical Facilty and it proved a good explore although heavilty trashed.
While we had to crawl under a broken piece of plyboard it didnt disapoint with stuff and debris everywhere, plus nearly every piece of glass was broken.
As well as it being pitch black and the only source of light was our phone torches it proved fun, we saw a lot of spent needles, gloves, dental aperatus and more.
Dental lights and aperatus trashed or broken.
Whilst walking around with nothing other than phone torches for light, the smell of recent fire damage from vandals whoever else, we heard foot steps, i told the girls to stay in she shadows and not move until i return, i wandered slowly until the noises got louder and hid behind a door until 2 people ermerged in which i shined my torch, they crapped it and asked if i was police or security or if i was going to harm them, i said no im a explorer and called the girls.... the look on thier face was PRICELESS.
Various forms of aperatus has been left behind as well as back up generators and switch boards.
The sad reality is these amongst a few other pic taken by others are the VERY last we will see of this lovely place as the diggers have moved in,,, but why??? it was in decent serviceable condition until vandals trashed it! The only facilty now is RAF Alconbury which some of the aperatus has been moved to, whilst it sits more or less disused there.
Sadly it now seems there will be room for 300 houses on the Raf Upwood site, and who knows who will occupy them, RAF Upwood was a great explore but sadly the level of decay is too much now.
I will personally miss the place.
I hope you all enjoy this report and many other to come