Echo Tunnel – Liverton Mines, Kilton Viaduct

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Located where Kilton Beck passes under a viaduct that was buried around 1911 – 1913 due to subsidence from the ironstone mines destablising it.

To the north you need to climb down a steep shale bank that looks like its regularly used by scramblers, the water at that end is almost knee deep, so we couldn’t attack it from that side and had to go all the way back up.
Echo Tunnel North Entrance
Heres the same location just after constuction
To the south another steep climb passing a large heap of burnt out cars, but the beck is much shallower and access is easier. Here’s an image from inside with a normal flash, and a colourful HDR image built up from several shots.
Echo Tunnel
Echo Tunnel HDR Shot

Then it was time for some fun
Echo Tunnel Light Painting
Echo Tunnel Light Painting
Echo Tunnel Light Painting
Many thanks to Sayzey for putting me on to this one, and giving me the idea to try HDR photography. 

3 thoughts on “Echo Tunnel – Liverton Mines, Kilton Viaduct

  1. Apparently the original viaduct was undermined (and thus made unsafe) by mining operations, possibly involving the Whitecliffe site. 720,000 tons of shale from the surrounding mines was required to bury it, and the culvert was installed. When the potash line was reinstated in the 1970’s I am not sure as to what degree the viaduct (as was) was re-engineered, if at all. Anyone got any information on this?

  2. To answer the above question: once the shale embankment had been built the railway track was realigned slightly and set into the embankment itself and taken off the old viaduct. This activity is described fully in Simon’s book about Liverton Ironstone Mine.

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