Disused tunnels database

Current total: 629

Research to expand our database of disused tunnels continues to pay dividends. Many thanks to those of you who have sent in contributions. If you can help with any details, omissions or corrections, please click the 'contact us' link in the sidebar to get in touch.

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 Ps (31)
Paddington Canal
WL
40
2
1844
1860
Paddock
LNW
43(g)
1
<1890
~1966
Paxton (Rockhills)
CP&SLJ
439
2
1865
1954
Peggs Green
CR
483(g)
1
1833
1872?
Penar
GW
239
1
1912
1989
Pencader
C&C
988
1
1864
1973
Pencaedrain
VoN
526
2
1851
1967
Pendlebury (Fast)
L&Y
201
2
1887
1965
Pendleton (Up)
L&Y
41(g)
1
1887
1965
Penmanshiel
Nth Brt
264
2
1846
1979
Penmanshiel Tunnel collapsed in 1979 during gauge enhancement works, killing two labourers.
Perridge (Longdown)
Exe
829
1
1903
1958
A 40-yard section in the middle of Perridge Tunnel collapsed around 1986.
Pickering Nook [Burnopfield]
WV
58(g)
1
1855
1885
The line through the tunnel was closed in 1866 but it was reused by the Lintz Waggonway in 1867.
Pinnock
CM
1173
1
1874
1968
Pinnock Hill [Durham]
Dr&Sn
~60
1
1845
1850s
Plas Madoc [Ruabon]
GW
33
1
<1874
<1954
Plymouth Ironworks (Trevithick's)
MT
384(g)
1
1802
<1871
Pontardawe
GW
103
1
The heading of Pontardawe Tunnel was driven in 1918-20 but the line was abandoned before work on it was completed.
Pontypool
PIron
82(g)
1
~1825
<1920
Pontypridd (Graig/Treforest)
Barry
1323
2
1889
1951
Port Dinorwic
Pad
~92
2
1842
1961
Port Mulgrave
Grink
1729(g)
1
1875
1916
Portobello Road
Nth Brt
53(g)
2
1846
~2000
Portway No.1
BPR&P
73
1
1865
1921
Portway No.2
BPR&P
175
1
1865
1921
Presthope
Wen
207
1
1867
1963
Privett
LSW
1058
2
1903
1955
Privett Station
LSW
55(g)
2
1903
1955
Prospect (Crimple)
Y&NM
825
2
1848
1964
Provan Gasworks
Nth Brt
520
1
1902
1962
Pwll-du
Hill's
~2040
1
1815
>1926
Pwll-du Tunnel has two portals at its northern end - a 60yds bore branches off to the east.
Pwllbach New Mine
PCol
1892(g)
1
1913
1966?
Pwllbach New Mine Tunnel has two entrances at its eastern end - a 36yds bore branches off to the south.

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