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photoblog image Grindleford Station 3/5

Grindleford Station 3/5

Totley Tunnel is a 6,230-yard (3.5 miles; 5.7 km) tunnel on the Hope Valley line between Totley on the outskirts of Sheffield and Grindleford in Derbyshire, this is the exit from the tunnel just before the line runs into Grindleford station. I have been through this tunnel and it seems never ending before one comes out into daylight once inside.

Grindleford Station 3/5

Totley Tunnel is a 6,230-yard (3.5 miles; 5.7 km) tunnel on the Hope Valley line between Totley on the outskirts of Sheffield and Grindleford in Derbyshire, this is the exit from the tunnel just before the line runs into Grindleford station. I have been through this tunnel and it seems never ending before one comes out into daylight once inside.

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Jul 2019, 01:47
Phewww...that is a long rabbit hole!

Your fine shot shows how well the builders built in that era, Brian.
Brian Walbey: And mainly done without any machinery like we have these days.
What a job the Navvies did back in the day.
Brian Walbey: They didn't have the machinery we have these days, it must have been really hard work for proabably not a lot of pay.
Oooh I love tunnels - I wanna go!
Brian Walbey: It is the fourth longest railway tunnel in the U.K. and once the train enters it one wonders just when it will back in daylight, the journey time to the next station is 7 - 8 minutes.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Jul 2019, 06:37
Wonderful Victorian engineering
Brian Walbey: Very much so Chris and mainly built by hand I suspect.
It reminds me of a toy model, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Indeed Ginnie, railway modellers strive to have the tunnels on their layouts looking like this.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Jul 2019, 07:10
This is almost like a classic, Brian. I love views like that.
Brian Walbey: It is now the fourth longest railway tunnel in the U.K. and all built by hand back in Victorian times.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 10 Jul 2019, 08:19
They should prune those branches so they don’t get in the way of trains.
Brian Walbey: Not much chance of that Chad.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Jul 2019, 09:00
You were in that tunnel on foot? Is there enough space to stand aside if a train would happen to pass by?

I noticed that the nearer rails are more rusted than the other set.
Brian Walbey: No I was on a train Louis, the only people alolwed inside not on trains are railway workers, and like all such tunnels alcoves are built in the side walls for the workers to step into when a train passes. I don't know why the rails on one side are rusted, the trains run on both sets of track, and if you look at yesterdays post and then tomorrows you will see that happening.
That's a long time to be in the dark, Brian. Makes me think of an Agatha Christie story where dastardly acts are taking place on the train during the tunnel ride.
Brian Walbey: Dare I say it's not only Agatha Christie stories and what goes on the dark of the tunnel but perhaps sweethearts might have other ideas also smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Jul 2019, 14:38
What a piece of engineering!
Brian Walbey: An epitaph to our forefathers who build such things back in Vistorian times without any of the modern machinery we have these days.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Jul 2019, 16:12
You imagine what it was like in the days of steam, though. A great feat of engineering by the navvies.
Brian Walbey: It is a long tunnel to have had to be on the footplate all that time in the smoke and steam.
Yes - I've travelled that line and the tunnel is really something!
Brian Walbey: I thought you probably would have Tom.
A fine looking tunnel entrance Brian
Brian Walbey: They had a bit more imagination in those days to make thing look good.

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