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Burning of the Midnight Lamp

Part of the Sandsend tunnel of mist set.

 

Intense, and claustrophobic places always make for some great photo opportunities. There was a pungent smell of diesel oil in this area, the standing water was jet black in places. It's possible that this was due to the sturdy Oak props supporting the passage. This view is looking down the first small side passage in Sandsend tunnel.

 

This side passage is around 400 feet long, this passage runs directly from the main bore of the tunnel, venture down there, and you will find yourself perched high above the sea on the cliff face. There are two of these side passages in the tunnel, they are situated directly under air shafts two and four. These would have originally been construction adits to tip waste spoil straight into the sea. I imagine rails would have run down these passages, small mining tubs would have been pushed along by candle light. I loved these small passages, I thought they were very reminiscent of smugglers caves. The small blue glow at the end is daylight radiating into the tunnel.

 

The view at the end of this passage can be seen here

 

Sandsend tunnel was on the Whitby to Middlesbrough railway, the tunnel is 1,652 yards long, which is only 100 yards short of a mile. The North Eastern railway opened the line in 1883. The line finally closed due to dwindling passenger numbers in 1958. Sandsend is a tunnel that really shouldn't have existed, but during construction, part of the planned route collapsed into the sea. The engineers had to re-route the line inland, and construct the tunnel through the headland instead.

 

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Taken in July 2010