About 30 miles to the north-east, a line devoted to King Coal - built collaboratively by the Hull & Barnsley and Great Central railways - overcame the River Don via Warmsworth bridge, comprising 600 tons of steel and cast iron. It’s a structure that is best photographed in sunshine to reveal the thousands of rivets that hold it all together.
In deepest Devon, the London & South Western Railway was obliged to build a branch to Great Torrington that the town didn’t justify. In the years before closure, the daily count of passengers on the route’s trains often totalled zero. But that shouldn’t detract from the engineering, the heaviest part involving the 196-yard Landcross Tunnel.
Glasgow is blessed with a labyrinth of subterranean passages but, in railway terms, the shortest-lived must surely have been Kelvindale Tunnel, a curvy little number that served Temple Gasworks, north-west of the city. Its operational status was retained for just 24 years, closing in 1920. Notable are its concrete portals, illustrative of how that era’s engineers were awakening to the material’s universal 'benefits'.
On 29th November 1844, the townfolk of Edinburgh were also awakening...but to tragedy. Four miners had been engulfed by floodwater which penetrated the heading they were driving for Scotland Street Tunnel. It was a dark day across the city, recorded eloquently by reporters from the Caledonian Mercury whose account we are reproducing.
This will be the last of Forgotten Relics’ monthly updates; they become seasonal from here on, with winter’s going live on 1st December. As compensation, November sees the launch of our 2015 Calendar for those who want a more frequent fix of disused structures to celebrate. Order yours by clicking here or follow the 2015 calendar link in the sidebar.