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The long walk

This is the view looking down the tunnel from the Leeds end.

A bright day outside let plenty of sunlight into the tunnel. Long shadows of two explorers stretch far into the tunnel.

The tunnel would soon plunge into darkness as we progressed.

The Leeds end of the tunnel is dead straight, the Shipley end has a good curve to it's construction.


Thackley old tunnel was built in 1848 on the Airedale line between Leeds, Bradford and Keighley.

The tunnel was contracted by James Bray and is 1496 yds long.

Originally there was just one Tunnel cut, but in 1900 the line was increased to four tracks and a second tunnel bore was constructed.

The Southern tunnel was closed in 1968 co-inciding with the final closure of the G.N.R Line from Shipley to Laisterdyke via Idle and Thackley.

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Taken on June 21, 2009