SE2543 : North Portal to Bramhope Tunnel

taken 10 years ago, near to Bramhope, Leeds, England

North Portal to Bramhope Tunnel
North Portal to Bramhope Tunnel
The Bramhope Tunnel is a railway tunnel 2.138 miles (3.441 km) long, owned by Network Rail on a route currently operated mainly by Northern Rail. It was constructed during 18451849 on the Harrogate Line, carrying rural and commuter passengers between Horsforth and Weeton in West Yorkshire, England. It is notable for its length, for its crenellated north portal, which is Grade II listed, and for the deaths of 24 men during its construction, commemorated in Otley churchyard with a castellated replica of the north portal.

It was constructed by Thomas Grainger, engineer and James Bray, overseer, who set up two sighting towers and then twenty shafts along the line of the tunnel. Men dug horizontally from these shafts until the diggings joined up in 1848. Thousands of navvies lived locally in bothies with their families, and dug in dangerous and wet conditions to facilitate the grand opening in 1849.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 28 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 29 September, 2013
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2557 4380 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:53.3854N 1:36.7462W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2560 4381
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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