Disused tunnels database

Current total: 629

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By clicking on the relevant column header, the database can be sorted by name, yardage, company or opening/closure dates. Hover over the abbreviated company name to see the full version. New tunnels are highlighted by a red tip; modified entries are in orange. More information or pictures - where available - is provided via the Link button.

Tunnels which were opened out either during or after the railway's period of operation are excluded. Only those that still exist - even if now buried - are listed.

(g) length determined using historical maps and Google Earth's measuring tool
~ scaled length/approximate year ? evidence uncertain
< earlier than/less than > later than/more than

Click on the icon on the right to search the database by map. Each tunnel is marked at the midpoint of a straight line drawn between its portals (which can prove deceptive if the tunnel is curved). No buried tunnels are shown.

Most of the tunnels on the database can be viewed in GoogleEarth by opening a .kml file developed by Antony Badsey-Ellis. Download the ZIP to your hard disk by clicking the icon, then extract the .kml file and open it using GoogleEarth.

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71
70
30
11
8
31
45
5
17
31
33
15
13
31
4
19
67
40
4
6
51
4
629
The Bs (71)
Bacup (Stubbylee)
L&Y
114
2
1852
1966
Badger's Oak (Hawkhurst)
C&PW
178
1
1893
1961
Baileycroft Quarry No.1
WS&M
31(g)
1
~1880
1906
Baileycroft Quarry No.2
WS&M
23(g)
1
~1880
1906
Balchriston
G&SW
~47
2
1906
1955
Balgray
L&D
696
2
1896
1966
Ballingham
GW
1208
1
1855
1964
Balwhirley No.1
G&A
254
1
1869
1991
Balwhirley No.2
G&A
184
1
1869
1966
Barbican
MetWL
690
2
1868
2009
As built, the section of line between Barbican and Moorgate featured three separate tunnels totalling ~259 yards but development in the latter half of the 20th century joined these structures together to form Barbican Tunnel.
Barnsdale
HB&WRJ
1226
2
1885
1959
Barrack Street (St John St)
G&SW
161(g)
2
1893
1913
Barren Clough
MS&L
~158
1
~1850
1924
Barry Island (Barry Pier)
Barry
280
2
1899
1975
Barry West Breakwater
Barry
74(g)
1
~1910
<1991
Basford [Nottingham]
GN
90
1
1900
1968?
Basfords Hill
TT
51(g)
1
1802
1915
Bath Row Goods
Mid
108
1
1876
1967
Bathealton
Dv&Sm
447
1
1873
1966
Batley Carr (Crackenedge)
GN
161
2
1880
1965
Baynards
LBSC
381
1
1865
1965
Beamish East
NE
62
2
1893
1983
Beamish West
NE
35(g)
2
1893
1983
Beaufort
MT&A
66
2
1864
1958
Bedford Basin [Leigh]
JF&O
296
1
1861?
1952?
Bedford Place
AW
38(g)
1
1768
1924
The two short tunnels on the Alloa Waggonway are thought to be Scotland's oldest railway tunnels.
Bellgrove Goods
Nth Brt
270
2
1904?
1982?
Big (Brigham Forge)
CK&P
92
1
1865
1972
Birchall
Nth Stf
69
2
1849
1965
Birchenwood (Kidsgrove)
Nth Stf
88
3
1875
1976
Birchenwood is a rare example of a tunnel built to accommodate three tracks.
Birkenshaw
GN
106
2
1856
1968
Blackheath Hill
LC&D
55
2
1888
1917
Blackhill No.1
NE
135
1
1953
1982
Blackhill No.2
NE
52
1
1867
1963
Blists Hill
LNW
66
2
1861
1960
Blorenge
Hill's
~45
1
1819
Blue Rock (Soudley)
SW
109
1
1854
1967
Boleyn Road (Goods)
Nth Lnd
64(g)
1
1868
1969
Bolsover (Scarcliffe)
LD&EC
2624
2
1897
1951
Bolton (Lever Street)
LNW
326
2
1874
1965
Bondgate [Bishop Auckland]
NE
93
2
1856
1968
Boniface Down (Ventnor)
IoW
1313
1
1866
1966
Bootle
Mid
481
2
1885
1968
Bootle Tunnel comprises two single bores.
Botanic Gardens (Kirklee)
Cal
220
2
1896
1964
Boughton Brake
BR
350
1
1961
1993
Boughton Brake Tunnel became operational again with the partial reopening of the Bevercotes branch as part of a Network Rail test track in the summer of 2012.
Boulby Ironstone Mine
Boul
509(g)
1
1904?
1933?
Bourne Park
SE&C
330
2
1889
1940
Bowling
L&D
25
2
1896
1964
Bowshank
Nth Brt
249
2
1849
1969
Bowshank Tunnel was shortened at its southern end in the late 1950s, giving a new length of ~218 yards. The tunnel regained its operational status in June 2015 when the Borders Railway was commissioned.
Bradley Hill
SW
299
1
1854
1967
Bradnop
Nth Stf
36
1
1905
1989
Bradnop Tunnel became operational again with the reopening of the Leekbrook-Cauldon Low line in 2010.
Brasenose Road [Liverpool]
L&Y
67
2
1887
1965
Bredbury Low Level
S&M
162
2
1875
1967
Bridgeman St (High St) [Bolton]
LNW
259
2
1885
1967
Bridgeton Cross No.1
GC&D
74
2
1892
1987
Bridgeton Cross No.2
GC&D
210(g)
2
1892
1987
Bridgnorth
SV
559
1
1862
1963
Brierley
HB&WRJ
684
2
1885
1967
Brinnington
CLC
168
2
1880
1982
Britannia (Newline)
L&Y
144
2
1881
1947
Bromshall (Loxley)
S&U
321
1
1867
1951
Brymbo (Moss Hill)
S&C
437(g)
1
1847
1862
Bryn
NA&H
398
2
1858
1964
Bryn Teify (Cross Inn)
M&M
101
1
1866
1973
Buchanan Street
Cal
430
2
1849
1966
Burbage
C&HP
580
1
1832
1892
Burdale
M&DJ
1744
1
1853
1958
Burdale Tunnel was built with both one and two-track width sections.
Burdon Road
BR
167(g)
2
~1967
1984
Burham
BBL&C
573(g)
1
1870s?
1930?
Burnbank (Blantyre)
GBH&C
~120
2
1877
1963
Burrell Street [Crieff]
Cr&Co
~110
1
1893
1964
Butterhouse (Ryefield)
LNW
329
2
1885
1966
Butternab
L&Y
256
1
1868
1965
Byker
NE
150
2
1879
1987

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