Dunton Bassett Tunnel - Structure 414

SP 5558 9077

Dunton Bassett tunnel is immediately south of Ashby Magna station. At only 96 yards it is quite a short tunnel, and serves to carry the line under a minor road between Dunton Bassett and Gilmorton. The tunnel belongs to the same timber company that own the station site and it has previously been used for the storage of wood. It is now however empty. The southern portal, which carries a datestone marked '1896' is blocked with a wood and wire fence and a mound of earth approximately four feet high. The northern portal is open. The tunnel walls are still thick with soot and the trackbed is clear and dry. There are refuges in the walls on each side. To the south of the tunnel, the line runs in a deep cutting for several hundred yards, before giving way to a slight embankment. At the end of the cutting, on the east side, are the remains of a sizeable pre cast concrete linemans hut.

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