SU8099 : Saunderton Split - railway tracks diverge to pass a hill

taken 12 years ago, near to Loosley Row, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Saunderton Split - railway tracks diverge to pass a hill
Saunderton Split - railway tracks diverge to pass a hill
This photo is taken looking South from a road bridge near Saunderton Lee.The right hand track, northbound, reaches this point after curving around with an embankment and a cutting. The left hand track has emerged from a tunnel further up the hill. A correspondent has explained the history:
"What is now the northbound line was opened in 1862 as a single line branch from Maidenhead via High Wycombe, then Princes Risborough and Thame to Oxford. Soon after 1900 the bit from High Wycombe to Princes Risborough was doubled to form part of the GWR's new shortcut to Birmingham. The climb to Saunderton summit was steeper going south, so to ease the ascending gradient to mainline standards the summit was lowered, which necessitated the tunnel."
Also see SP8001 : Train in cutting near Saunderton tunnel near the tunnel.
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Date Taken
Friday, 12 August, 2005   (more nearby)
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Friday, 12 August, 2005
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Railway   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 807 996 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:41.3726N 0:50.0286W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 807 997
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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