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51.539342, -2.580585, Patchway Tunnels
 
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'''To Bristol, the North or London''': [[Gloucester Road]]<br>
 
'''To Bristol, the North or London''': [[Gloucester Road]]<br>
 
'''To Wales''': [[Cattybrook Brickworks]]<br>
 
'''To Wales''': [[Cattybrook Brickworks]]<br>
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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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26.9.06
 
26.9.06
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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 in the process of being installed on the approach to the tunnel.
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12.5.12
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Image:Patchwaytunnels23.jpg|The signal in the previous photo is in operation.
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14.6.18
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Image:Patchwaytunnels24.jpg|Electrification masts have been constructed on the approach to the tunnels.
 
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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 ==
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Image:Patchway Tunnels10.jpg|The down tunnel breaks out first. The line then plunges into another shorter tunnel that takes Over Lane across the railway.
 
Image:Patchway Tunnels10.jpg|The down tunnel breaks out first. The line then plunges into another shorter tunnel that takes Over Lane across the railway.
Image:Patchway Tunnels11.jpg|Standing on Over Lane and holding my camera above my head, and above the brambles, to get a glimpse of the line as it disappears towards Wales. The footbridge in the distance is next to [[Cattybrook Brick Works]].
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Image:Patchway Tunnels11.jpg|Standing on Over Lane and holding my camera above my head, and above the brambles, to get a glimpse of the line as it disappears towards Wales. The footbridge in the distance is next to [[Cattybrook Brickworks]].
Image:Patchway Tunnels12.jpg|A look back at Patchway Tunnels from the footbridge at Cattybrook Brick Works. The line on the left plunges into the long New Tunnel, while the one on the right bursts out of it's own alignment before passing through a shorter tunnel under Over Lane.
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Image:Patchway Tunnels12.jpg|A look back at Patchway Tunnels from the footbridge at [[Cattybrook Brickworks]]. The line on the left plunges into the long New Tunnel, while the one on the right bursts out of it's own alignment before passing through a shorter tunnel under Over Lane.
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11.11.08
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Image:Patchwaytunnels20.jpg|A shot taken in November 2008. Most of the trees visible in the 2004 shots have been removed, and a fence has been installed.
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Image:Patchwaytunnels21.jpg|A zoomed view.
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Image:Patchwaytunnels22.jpg|An HST heads for [[Bristol Parkway]].
 
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Latest revision as of 13:58, 16 June 2018

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

12.5.12

14.6.18

The Tumps

North Portals

1960s

February 2003 & November 2004

11.11.08