Tunnels & cuttings

They're dark, often cold and generally pretty grotty. They were cut without laser guidance or vast boring machines. Many have been lost to development or the health and safety police. But our remaining collection of disused tunnels stand as extraordinary monuments to those who created them against all odds.

Visit our collection of forgotten tunnels and cuttings by clicking on their names below.
Stories
Opened
1897
Company
Lancashire, Derbyshire & E Coast
Closed
1951
Location
6½m E of Chesterfield
Opened
1897
Company
Lancashire, Derbyshire & E Coast
Closed
1951
Location
6½m E of Chesterfield
Opened
1849
Company
North British
Closed
1969
Location
4m NW of Galashiels
Opened
1854
Company
South Wales
Closed
1967
Location
11½m SW of Gloucester
Opened
1898
Company
Great Central
Closed
1966
Location
3½m SW of Daventry
Opened
1878
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1963
Location
4m W of Bradford
Opened
1850
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1953
Location
Swinton
Opened
1850
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1953
Location
Swinton
Opened
1874
Company
Somerset & Dorset
Closed
1966
Location
S of Bath city centre
Opened
1897
Company
Port Talbot Railway & Docks
Closed
1964
Location
1m W of Maesteg
Opened
1883
Company
Great Western
Closed
1961
Location
3m E of Trawsfynydd
Opened
1874
Company
Somerset & Dorset
Closed
1966
Location
S of Bath city centre
Opened
1874
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1965
Location

½m SE of Dewsbury

Opened
1832
Company
Leicester & Swannington
Closed
1966
Location
2½m W of Leicester
Opened
1862
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location
2½m SE of Bakewell
Opened
1831
Company
Dundee & Newtyle
Closed
1861
Location
Dundee
Opened
1885
Company
Hull & Barnsley
Closed
1964
Location
8m NW of Hull
Opened
1898
Company
Midland & South Western Jnc
Closed
1964
Location
1½m S of Marlborough
Opened
1831
Company
Cromford & High Peak
Closed
1967
Location
3m S of Matlock
Opened
1874
Company
Severn & Wye Railway & Canal
Closed
1956
Location
6m S of Ross-on-Wye
Opened
1863
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location
Bakewell-Buxton
Opened
1878
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1956
Location
4½m W of Bradford
Opened
1890
Company
Rhondda & Swansea Bay
Closed
1968
Location
11m NE of Port Talbot
Opened
1847
Company
Edinburgh Leith & Granton
Closed
1868
Location
Edinburgh
Opened
1849/71
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1966
Location
7m SW of Huddersfield
Opened
1874
Company
Somerset & Dorset
Closed
1966
Location
S of Bath city centre
Opened
1874
Company
Somerset & Dorset
Closed
1966
Location
S of Bath city centre
Opened
1883
Company
Whitby Redcar & M'brough Union
Closed
1958
Location
North Yorkshire coast
Opened
1845/52/1954
Company
SA&M/MS&L/British Rail
Closed
1954/54/81
Location
6m W of Penistone
Galleries
Opened
1862
Company
Midland
Closed
~1968
Location
10m S of Chesterfield
Opened
1895
Company
Carmarthen & Cardigan
Closed
1973
Location

4m E of Newcastle Emlyn

Opened
1899
Company
Midland
Closed
1962
Location
2m E of Barnsley
Opened
1899
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1963
Location
11m W of Belper
Opened
1874
Company
Midland
Closed
1955
Location
8m E of Burton-upon-Trent
Opened
1872
Company
Penicuik
Closed
1967
Location
3m SW of Loanhead
Opened
1896
Company
Lanarkshire & Dumbartonshire
Closed
1966
Location
Glasgow
Opened
1855
Company
Hereford Ross & Gloucester
Closed
1964
Location
5m N of Ross-on-Wye
Opened
1885
Company
Hull & Barnsley
Closed
1959
Location
9m NW of Doncaster
Opened
1899
Company
Barry
Closed
1975
Location
7m SW of Cardiff
Opened
1802
Company
Ticknall Tramway
Closed
1915
Location

7m E of Burton-upon-Trent

Opened
1880
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1965
Location
½m N of Dewsbury
Opened
1897
Company
Lancashire, Derbyshire & E Coast
Closed
1951
Location
6½m E of Chesterfield
Opened
1885
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location
3m N of Liverpool city centre
Opened
1961
Company
British Rail
Closed
1993
Location
10m NE of Mansfield
Opened
1849/2015
Company
North British
Closed
1969
Location
4m NW of Galashiels
Opened
1862
Company
Severn Valley
Closed
1963
Location
Bridgnorth
Opened
1885
Company
Hull & Barnsley
Closed
1967
Location
1½m SW of Hemsworth
Opened
1867
Company
Stafford & Uttoxeter
Closed
1951
Location
3m SW of Uttoxeter
Opened
1825
Company
Stockton & Darlington
Closed
1856
Location
2m S of Bishop Auckland
Opened
1847
Company
Shrewsbury & Chester
Closed
1862/1908
Location
3m NW of Wrexham
Opened
1853
Company
Malton & Driffield Jnc
Closed
1958
Location
7m SE of Malton
Opened
1832
Company
Cromford & High Peak
Closed
1892
Location

1¾m W of Buxton

Opened
1885
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1966
Location
5m NE of Stalybridge
Opened
1868
Company
Lancashire & Yorkshire
Closed
1965
Location
2m SW of Huddersfield
Opened
1894
Company
South Yorkshire Junction
Closed
1975
Location
4¼m SW of Doncaster
Opened
1802
Company
Ticknall Tramway
Closed
1915
Location
4½m NE of Swadlincote
Opened
1876
Company
Narberth Road & Maenclochog
Closed
1949
Location
10½m SE of Fishguard
Opened
1873
Company
Devon & Somerset
Closed
1966
Location
8½m E of Barnstaple
Opened
1898
Company
Great Central
Closed
1966
Location
3½m SW of Daventry
Opened
1847
Company
North Staffordshire
Closed
1920
Location

4½m NW of Cheadle

Opened
1864
Company
Great Western
Closed
1964
Location
1m N of Abercynon
Opened
1847
Company
Lancashire & Yorkshire
Closed
2009
Location
Oldham
Opened
-
Company
Channel Tunnel Company
Closed
-
Location
2m SW of Dover
Opened
1901
Company
Cheadle
Closed
1933
Location
8m SE of Stoke
Opened
1891
Company
Midland & South Western Jnc
Closed
1961
Location
9m SE of Cheltenham
Opened
1863
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location
4½m E of Buxton
Opened
1893
Company
Manchester, Sheffield & Lincs
Closed
1964
Location
Chesterfield town centre
Opened
1887
Company
Banbury & Cheltenham Direct
Closed
1962
Location
12m SW of Banbury
Opened
1878
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1963
Location
4m W of Bradford
Opened
1862/1877
Company
Merthyr Tredegar & Abergavenny
Closed
1958
Location
4½m W of Abergavenny
Opened
1874
Company
Caledonian
Closed
1967
Location
4m SW of Edinburgh
Opened
1874
Company
Somerset & Dorset
Closed
1966
Location
S of Bath city centre
Opened
1842
Company
Saundersfoot
Closed
1939
Location
3m N of Tenby
Opened
1863
Company
Strathspey
Closed
1971
Location

3¾m NW of Dufftown

Opened
1865
Company
Crystal Palace & South London Jnc
Closed
1954
Location
Crystal Palace
Opened
1863
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location

3¾m NW of Bakewell

Opened
1905
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location
3m SW of Wakefield
Opened
1897
Company
Port Talbot Railway & Docks
Closed
1964
Location
1m W of Maesteg
Opened
1869
Company
Caernarvon & Llanberis
Closed
1964
Location

5m E of Caernarfon

Opened
1878
Company
Llynvi & Ogmore
Closed
1970
Location
2m N of Maesteg
Opened
1850
Company
Fleetwood, Preston & W Riding Jnc
Closed
NOC
Location
½m N of Preston
Opened
1890
Company
Plymouth Devonport & SW Jnc
Closed
1964
Location
Plymouth
Opened
1874
Company
Somerset & Dorset
Closed
1966
Location
1m S of Bath city centre
Opened
1896
Company
Liverpool Overhead
Closed
1956
Location
S of Liverpool city centre
Opened
1885
Company
Hull & Barnsley
Closed
1959
Location
8m NW of Hull
Opened
1897
Company
Lancashire, Derbyshire & E Coast
Closed
1957
Location

2¼m E of Chesterfield

Opened
1852
Company
Oxford Worcester & Wolverhmptn
Closed
1993
Location

Dudley

Opened
1874
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1965
Location
½m SE of Dewsbury
Opened
1879
Company
GN and L&NW Joint
Closed
1964
Location
13½m E of Leicester
Opened
1890
Company
Scarboro', Bridl'ton & W Riding Jnc
Closed
1965
Location
4m NE of Market Weighton
Opened
1864
Company
North British
Closed
1962
Location
1m E of Peebles
Opened
1835
Company
Newcastle & Carlisle
Closed
1962
Location
1m SE of Corbridge
Opened
1872
Company
Penicuik
Closed
1967
Location
3m SW of Loanhead
Opened
1793
Company
Hilts Quarry
Closed
1935
Location

3m NW of Ripley

Opened
1890
Company
Rhondda & Swansea Bay
Closed
1960
Location
3½m N of Maesteg
Opened
1862
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1958
Location
1½m E of Brynmawr
Opened
1900
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1966
Location
4½m SW of Leeds
Opened
1890
Company
North British
Closed
1970
Location

6m S of Perth

Opened
1890
Company
North British
Closed
1970
Location

6¾m S of Perth

Opened
1832
Company
Leicester & Swannington
Closed
1966
Location

2½m W of Leicester

Opened
1900
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1966
Location
4m NW of Dewsbury
Opened
1921
Company
Bradford Corporation
Closed
1936
Location

7¾m NW of Pateley Bridge

Opened
1896
Company
Glasgow Central
Closed
1964
Location
Glasgow
Opened
1893
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1964
Location
3m E of Bradford
Opened
1859
Company
South Devon & Tavistock
Closed
1962
Location
2m S of Tavistock
Opened
1867
Company
London, Brighton & South Coast
Closed
1985
Location
Tunbridge Wells
Opened
1874
Company
Severn & Wye Railway & Canal
Closed
1956
Location
4½m SW of Port Talbot
Opened
1862
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location
2½m SE of Bakewell
Opened
1810/1854
Company
Bullo Pill/South Wales
Closed
1967
Location
11m SW of Gloucester
Opened
1882
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1963
Location
2½m NW of Queensbury
Opened
1848
Company
North Staffordshire
Closed
1966
Location
3½m NW of Stoke
Opened
1848
Company
York & North Midlands
Closed
1962
Location
Harrogate
Opened
-
Company
Great Western
Closed
-
Location
Drybrook, Gloucs
Opened
1874
Company
South Eastern
Closed
1951
Location

4¼m W of Folkestone

Opened
1863
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location

2¾m NW of Bakewell

Opened
1880
Company
London Brighton & South Coast
Closed
1965
Location

11m S of Royal Tunbridge Wells

Opened
1867
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1970
Location
North London
Opened
1875
Company
Louth & Llincoln
Closed
1958
Location
7½m W of Louth
Opened
1834
Company
Saundersfoot
Closed
1939
Location
3½m N of Tenby
Opened
1887
Company
North Eastern Railway
Closed
1953
Location

5m W of Alnwick

Opened
1887
Company
Banbury & Cheltenham Direct
Closed
1958
Location
8m SW of Banbury
Opened
1830
Company
Cromford & High Peak
Closed
1967
Location
4m SW of Matlock
Opened
1892
Company
Cranbrook & Paddock Wood
Closed
1961
Location
3½m SE of Paddock Wood
Opened
1879
Company
GN and L&NW Joint
Closed
1964
Location

4¼m N of Melton Mowbray

Opened
1870
Company
North Staffs
Closed
1999?
Location
5½m W of Stoke-on-Trent
Opened
1884
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1961
Location
Keighley
Opened
1859
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1984
Location
12½m N of Northampton
Opened
1879
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1984
Location
12½m N of Northampton
Opened
1896
Company
Caledonian
Closed
1920
Location
Glasgow
Opened
1896
Company
Caledonian
Closed
1920
Location

Glasgow

Opened
1883
Company
North Eastern
Closed
1958
Location
4½m NW of Whitby
Opened
1872
Company
London & South Western
Closed
1982
Location
2m S of Bideford
Opened
1867
Company
Esk Valley
Closed
1964
Location
2m W of Dalkeith
Opened
1855
Company
Hereford Ross & Gloucester
Closed
1965
Location
5m SW of Ross-on-Wye
Opened
1884
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1956
Location
2m S of Keighley
Opened
1864
Company
Newry & Armagh
Closed
1957
Location
5½m NW of Newry
Opened
1863
Company
Midland
Closed
1968
Location

3¾m NW of Bakewell

Opened
Company
Closed
Location
2½m N of Wakefield
Opened
1897
Company
Caledonian
Closed
1964
Location
Glasgow
Opened
1840
Company
Preston & Longridge
Closed
1944/67
Location
6m NE of Preston
Opened
1873
Company
Ross & Monmouth
Closed
1965
Location
4m S of Ross-on-Wye
Opened
1856
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1964
Location
2¾m E of Oldham
Opened
1883
Company
London Brighton & South Coast
Closed
1963
Location
3½m NE of Haywards Heath
Opened
1898
Company
Great Central
Closed
1968
Location
Nottingham
Opened
1875
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1960
Location
3m NE of Nottingham
Opened
1853
Company
Vale of Neath
Closed
1962
Location
SW of Merthyr Tydfil
Opened
1866
Company
Mid-Sussex & Midhurst Junction
Closed
1964
Location
10m N of Chichester
Opened
1874
Company
Severn & Wye Railway & Canal
Closed
1956
Location
6m S of Ross-on-Wye
Opened
1851
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1966
Location
7m SE of Oakham
Opened
1879
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1958
Location
1m N of Merthyr Tydfil
Opened
1872
Company
Severn & Wye Railway & Canal
Closed
1951
Location
4m SW of Cinderford, Gloucs
Opened
1878
Company
Midland
Closed
1959
Location
3½m NW of Hawes
Opened
1864
Company
Caledonian
Closed
1954
Location
1m W of Peebles
Opened
1868
Company
Lancashire & Yorkshire
Closed
1965
Location
2½m SW of Huddersfield
Opened
1851/1880
Company
East Lancashire
Closed
1966
Location
2m E of Rawtenstall
Opened
1849
Company
North Staffordshire
Closed
1965
Location
7½m N of Uttoxeter
Opened
1874
Company
Halifax & Ovenden Joint
Closed
1960
Location
Halifax
Opened
1859
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1984
Location
14m N of Northampton
Opened
1879
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1984
Location
14m N of Northampton
Opened
1865
Company
Crystal Palace & South London Jnc
Closed
1954
Location
Crystal Palace
Opened
1864
Company
Carmarthen & Cardigan
Closed
1973
Location
8m N of Carmarthen
Opened
1851
Company
Vale of Neath
Closed
1967
Location
6m NW of Aberdare, Rhondda
Opened
1903
Company
Exeter
Closed
1958
Location
3½m SW of Exeter
Opened
-
Company
Great Western
Closed
-
Location
8m NE of Swansea
Opened
1889
Company
Barry
Closed
1951
Location
Pontypridd
Opened
1865
Company
Bristol Port Railway & Pier
Closed
1922
Location
1½m W of Bristol
Opened
1867
Company
Wenlock
Closed
1963
Location
8½m W of Bridgnorth
Opened
1903
Company
Meon Valley
Closed
1955
Location
5m W of Petersfield
Opened
1848
Company
York & North Midland
Closed
1964
Location
2½m SW of Harrogate
Opened
1878
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1956
Location
4½m W of Bradford
Opened
1885
Company
Scarborough & Whitby
Closed
1965
Location
8m SE of Whitby
Opened
1890
Company
Rhondda & Swansea Bay
Closed
1968
Location
1½m W of Treherbert
Opened
1842
Company
Edinburgh Leith & Newhaven
Closed
1969
Location
Edinburgh
Opened
1883
Company
North Eastern
Closed
1958
Location
3½m NW of Whitby
Opened
1847
Company
Edinburgh Leith & Granton
Closed
1868
Location
Edinburgh
Opened
1879
Company
Severn Bridge
Closed
1964
Location
1m E of Lydney, Gloucs
Opened
1880
Company
Manchester Sheffield & Lincs
Closed
1981
Location
2½m E of Penistone
Opened
1870
Company
North Staffs
Closed
1999?
Location
4½m W of Stoke-on-Trent
Opened
1880
Company
Great Eastern
Closed
2006
Location
East London
Opened
1890
Company
Plymouth Devonport & SW Junct
Closed
1968
Location
2m S of Tavistock
Opened
1890
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1953
Location
2½m NE of Dewsbury
Opened
1898
Company
Lancashire Derbyshire & E Coast
Closed
1967
Location
8m SE of Sheffield
Opened
1897
Company
Isle of Wight Central
Closed
1952
Location
2½m W of Ventor
Opened
1905
Company
Kent & East Sussex Light
Closed
1954
Location
9m SW of Ashford
Opened
1885
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1976
Location
2m E of Ashton-under-Lyne
Opened
1893
Company
Crieff & Comrie
Closed
1964
Location

2½m W of Crieff

Opened
1885
Company
Hull & Barnsley
Closed
1959
Location
3m E of North Cave
Opened
1822-1911
Company
North Eastern/Hetton Colliery
Closed
1959/67
Location
Sunderland
Opened
1873
Company
Ross & Monmouth
Closed
1959
Location

5½m S of Ross-on-Wye

Opened
1845
Company
Leeds & Bradford
Closed
1968
Location
1½m NE of Shipley
Opened
1948
Company
British Rail
Closed
1981
Location
3½m SE of Penistone
Opened
1845
Company
Sheffield, Ashton-u-L & Manchr
Closed
1983
Location
3½m SE of Penistone
Opened
1882
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1964
Location
4¾m E of Leicester
Opened
1876
Company
Wye Valley
Closed
1986
Location
2m NE of Chepstow
Opened
1876
Company
Wye Valley
Closed
1964
Location
4m N of Chepstow
Opened
1865
Company
Cheshire Lines Committee
Closed
1982
Location
½m N of Stockport
Opened
1893
Company
Eastern & Midlands
Closed
1959
Location
1½m SW of Bourne, Lincs
Opened
1863
Company
Brecon & Merthyr Jnc
Closed
1964
Location
6½m N of Merthyr Tydfil
Opened
1878
Company
Lancashire & Yorkshire
Closed
1958
Location
2m SW of Sowerby Bridge
Opened
1842
Company
Edinburgh Leith & Newhaven
Closed
1986
Location
Edinburgh
Opened
1884
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1963
Location
3m SE of Bangor
Opened
1895
Company
North Cornwall
Closed
1966
Location
5m NE of Wadebridge
Opened
1830
Company
Canterbury & Whitstable
Closed
1953
Location
1m N of Canterbury
Opened
1867
Company
Manchester & Milford
Closed
1964
Location
10m SE of Aberystwyth
Opened
1872
Company
Midland
Closed
2012
Location
5m NW of Yate
Opened
1869
Company
Greenock & Ayrshire
Closed
1991
Location
Greenock, Inverclyde
Opened
1857
Company
Coleford, Mnmth, Usk & Pontypool
Closed
1955
Location
5½m E of Pontypool
Opened
1849
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1972
Location

Liverpool

Opened
1901
Company
Barry
Closed
1963
Location

5m NW of Cardiff

Opened
1830
Company
Liverpool & Manchester
Closed
1972
Location
Liverpool
Opened
1857
Company
Midland
Closed
1964
Location
6m SE of Bedford
Opened
1849
Company
London & North Western
Closed
1972
Location
Liverpool
Opened
1879
Company
Swinton & Knottingley
Closed
1965
Location
5m N of Rotherham
Opened
1882
Company
Great Northern
Closed
1963
Location
5m W of Bradford
Opened
1889
Company
Barry Dock
Closed
1963
Location
4m W of Cardiff
Opened
1890
Company
Great Northern/Lancs & Yorks Jt
Closed
1960
Location
2m NW of Halifax
Opened
1862
Company
North British
Closed
1969
Location
8m S of Hawick
Opened
1874/92
Company
Somerset & Dorset
Closed
1966
Location
1m N of Shepton Mallet
Opened
1876
Company
Louth & Lincoln
Closed
1956
Location
4½m SW of Louth
Opened
1954
Company
British Rail
Closed
1981
Location
7m W of Penistone
Opened
1859
Company
South Devon & Tavistock Railway
Closed
1962
Location
8½m N of Plymouth
One-shot gallery
Entrances to some notable, shorter tunnels.
Single shots of portals beyond which the darkness extends more than 500 yards.
The other end is buried but this portal survives.
Look at tunnels on a different wavelength with these infrared views.
Wave goodbye to daylight and discover what lurks within.
A handful of cuttings and embankments which we've stumbled across during our travels.

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