Hull & Barnsley Railway line

14 10 2012

So, 5 hours of walking and a duff sense of direction I eventually found what I was looking for. Last time I ended up in a disused quarry and watched some motoX riders with big ‘uns!!

After a little detour I found the disused Hull & Barnsley Railway line, now just a track used by walkers and the occasional sheep. The section between South Cave and Little Weighton still houses these little gems of history which we captured.

I walked through miles of beautiful countryside and woods. The thing that stuck out the most was how peacful it was 🙂

Once I found the right path, it led me straight to the western portal of the Sugar Loaf Tunnel. Sugar Loaf Tunnel is a disused railway tunnel on the former Hull and Barnsley Railway between Everthorpe (South Cave) and Little Weighton. The tunnel is 132 yards long and was built through magnesium limestone of Permian age, referred to locally as “chalk”. The bore has been cleared of rubble but quarrying is threatening the eastern portal and chalk has now encroached to within twenty yards of the tunnel. The tunnel is in very poor condition although access remains at both ends. Sugar Loaf Tunnel lies to the west of the much longer Drewton Tunnel and east of Weedley Tunnel.

Drewton Tunnel is a disused railway tunnel on the now closed Hull to Barnsley railway line The tunnel is cut through chalk and the tunnel lining is a mix of bare chalk walls and brick. The first rail traffic used the tunnel in 1885. Drewton Tunnel is 1 mile 354 yards, and lies to the east of the shorter Sugar Loaf Tunnel and Weedley Tunnel.

The western portal of Drewton Tunnel is almost entirely buried with landfill and is situated in a chalk quarry operated by Stoneledge. This end of the tunnel has considerable deposits of mud on the former track bed washed in by rainfall as a result of local quarrying operations. The eastern portal remains open although is protected with a security fence. The tunnel regularly experiences chalk falls as the lining inside deteriorates in the damp conditions.
The tunnel has five airshafts, the middle airshaft situated adjacent to Riplingham crossroads being the deepest. The area around this airshaft was used a temporary camp for navvies building the tunnel.

Drewton Tunnel was closed to rail traffic in 1958. Since closure landfill has threatened the eastern approaches to the tunnel. The 83 foot deep Little Weighton Cutting has been completely filled in, as have other areas of open space around the eastern portal.

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