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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 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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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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Revision as of 10:30, 22 February 2008

<googlemap lat="51.54041" lon="-2.580328"> 51.539342, -2.580585, Patchway Tunnels </googlemap>

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

The Tumps

North Portals

1960s

February 2003 & November 2004