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Posted: 24/09/2012 21:00:28
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If I may be forgiven: Not a mine, but built to serve a mining region: The Rhondda Tunnel. Shut late 1960s and since infilled at both ends. Around 2, 1/4 miles long single bore railway tunnel. Near Treherbert at the top of the Rhondda Valley.

Access is via a (combination locked) access chamber with steps set into precast concrete rings, but since nobody seems to know the combinations the alternative is a long (maybe 1/4 mile) crawl up the 22inch diameter concrete drainage pipe that drains water from the tunnel.

It runs in a coal mining region and since it is infilled both ends, has no airflow. Hence an air quality meter seems a good plan (and no, I do not have one, nor do I know how to use one!)

Is anyone interested in making a trip of it?

Phil
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Posted: 25/09/2012 08:27:35
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No way.

Disgusted, Cwm Park.

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possible mooch... South Wales
Posted: 25/09/2012 12:16:36
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ivortheengine wrote:

If I may be forgiven: Not a mine, but built to serve a mining region: The Rhondda Tunnel. Shut late 1960s and since infilled at both ends. Around 2, 1/4 miles long single bore railway tunnel. Near Treherbert at the top of the Rhondda Valley.

Access is via a (combination locked) access chamber with steps set into precast concrete rings, but since nobody seems to know the combinations the alternative is a long (maybe 1/4 mile) crawl up the 22inch diameter concrete drainage pipe that drains water from the tunnel.

It runs in a coal mining region and since it is infilled both ends, has no airflow. Hence an air quality meter seems a good plan (and no, I do not have one, nor do I know how to use one!)

Is anyone interested in making a trip of it?

Phil



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Posted: 25/09/2012 18:27:00
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ivortheengine wrote:

If I may be forgiven: Not a mine, but built to serve a mining region: The Rhondda Tunnel. Shut late 1960s and since infilled at both ends. Around 2, 1/4 miles long single bore railway tunnel. Near Treherbert at the top of the Rhondda Valley.

Access is via a (combination locked) access chamber with steps set into precast concrete rings, but since nobody seems to know the combinations the alternative is a long (maybe 1/4 mile) crawl up the 22inch diameter concrete drainage pipe that drains water from the tunnel.

It runs in a coal mining region and since it is infilled both ends, has no airflow. Hence an air quality meter seems a good plan (and no, I do not have one, nor do I know how to use one!)

Is anyone interested in making a trip of it?

Phil


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Posted: 25/09/2012 18:50:08
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rhychydwr wrote:

No way.

Disgusted, Cwm Park.


Obviously you know a lot more about this than myself... maybe you could share your knowledge?

If there are strong reasons why it is indeed disgusting to discuss the possibility of looking at an old railway tunnel (dare I say, on a forum dedicated to the underground) then it's best that we all know about it. I'm not aware that this tunnel is somehow sacred in any way: people's final resting place.... well, no more than any of the other railway tunnels out there which I drive through every day Devil
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Posted: 25/09/2012 22:37:31
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Err I think he meant disgusted as in 'disgusted of Tunbridge Wells' (if that means nothing to you don't worry about it. It just means you have youth on your side).
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Posted: 27/09/2012 05:35:31
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Ah.... Thank you JR... somehow the humour was lost on me... as far as some of the AN mooches go I thought this might be considered pretty tame and boring... Smile IP: 86.158.47.102
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Posted: 27/09/2012 14:23:56
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Not at all. I wish I could make it but a knee that doesn't like me keeps 'real' exploring a rare thing I'm afraid. I do most of my 'mining' online and in archives these days. It can be frustrating but the laundry bill is lower. I still have to make an entry on the database for a canal that fed a gasworks. Now that's two degrees of separation and if that counts as mine related a railway tunnel in a coal mining area is certainly legit.
Welcome to AN by the way. Smile

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Posted: 27/09/2012 15:46:33
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If the tunnel is 2, 1/4 miles long I would have thought there would be at least a couple of air shafts? IP: 86.20.127.44
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Posted: 27/09/2012 17:14:01
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markc wrote:

If the tunnel is 2, 1/4 miles long I would have thought there would be at least a couple of air shafts?


IIRC the length is a shade under 2 miles at 3443 yards, only one airshaft very near the Blaengwynfi portal.

http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/tunnels/gallery/rhondda.html
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Posted: 27/09/2012 19:21:25
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Hey Morlock Smile How are you?

Do you fancy doing it as well? Flowers

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Posted: 27/09/2012 19:39:01
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lab rat wrote:

Hey Morlock Smile How are you?

Do you fancy doing it as well? Flowers


Hi lab rat, I'm OK. First five pics at 'Forgotten Relics' are ours from 2007 trip, shaft has new steel lid and combo locks (2) at the moment.
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