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Totley Tunnel, Grindleford

Totley Tunnel, Grindleford

Totley Tunnel is a tiny, and uninspiring tunnel-opening 100 yards from the station of the little known village of Grindleford in the Peak District of Derbyshire marks the opening of what still is the longest wholly under-land rail tunnel in the United Kingdom.


At 3 miles and 950 yards long, it is 22 feet and 6 inches deep with a span of 27 feet across. The Totley Tunnel was under construction between 1888 and 1893.

The building of the Totley Tunnel was dependent largely on the efforts of men, and horses, with the assistance of steam driven pumps, drilling machines driven by compressed air, and explosives. Totley Tunnel was begun from the Grindleford (Padley Wood) end, on 27th September 1888 - the first 530 yards was excavated by hand power only. The tunnel was necessary to carry a branch of the Midland Railway between Sheffield and Manchester, and the Railway had let two main contracts for its construction: Thomas Oliver and Sons of Horsham, was responsible for the first 10

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