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Image:Patchway Tunnels3.jpg|The view from on top of the tunnels looking back at [[Gloucester Road]].
 
Image:Patchway Tunnels3.jpg|The view from on top of the tunnels looking back at [[Gloucester Road]].
 
Image:Patchway Tunnels4.jpg|The same view, zoomed out.
 
Image:Patchway Tunnels4.jpg|The same view, zoomed out.
Image:Patchway Tunnels5.jpg|A rather huge ventilation shaft stands on top of Patchway New Tunnel. You can hear a train pass underneath, then look to the line and see it emerge about 30 seconds later.
 
 
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Image:Patchway Tunnels8.jpg|Since my last visit the tunnels have undergone major maintenance to improve drainage and prevent embankment slippage. There is also a new fence between the two running tracks.
 
Image:Patchway Tunnels8.jpg|Since my last visit the tunnels have undergone major maintenance to improve drainage and prevent embankment slippage. There is also a new fence between the two running tracks.
 
Image:Patchway Tunnels9.jpg|A closer view. The bore on the right has gained a new plaque.
 
Image:Patchway Tunnels9.jpg|A closer view. The bore on the right has gained a new plaque.
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11.11.08
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Image:Patchway Tunnels13.jpg|New signalling was in the process of being installed on the approach to the tunnell.
 
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== The Tumps ==
 
== The Tumps ==
 
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Image:Patchway Tunnels6.jpg|The area on top of Patchway Tunnels is known as '''The Tumps'''. This is basically a strip of land that runs the length of the tunnels and comprises hillocks made from the dumping of spoil from the tunnels themselves. It's a haven for local wildlife.
 
Image:Patchway Tunnels6.jpg|The area on top of Patchway Tunnels is known as '''The Tumps'''. This is basically a strip of land that runs the length of the tunnels and comprises hillocks made from the dumping of spoil from the tunnels themselves. It's a haven for local wildlife.
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Image:Patchway Tunnels5.jpg|A rather huge ventilation shaft stands on top of Patchway New Tunnel. You can hear a train pass underneath, then look to the line and see it emerge about 30 seconds later.
 
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== North Portals ==
 
== North Portals ==

Revision as of 19:13, 14 November 2008

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To Bristol, the North or London: Gloucester Road
To Wales: Cattybrook Brickworks

History

Patchway Tunnel is a twin bore tunnel that is approached by tracks running on different gradients. They were built this way to allow heavy freight trains coming from the Cardiff direction an easier journey into Bristol.

The line to Cardiff has two tunnels of 1246 and 62 yards in length, while the line to Bristol travels through Patchway New Tunnel (so called because it was added when the line to New Passage Pier was doubled) and is 1760 yards in length.

South Portals

February 2003 & November 2004

26.9.06

11.11.08

The Tumps

North Portals

1960s

February 2003 & November 2004