This evening in the latest episode of ‘The Architecture the Railways Built’, presenter and historian Tim Dunn will be exploring Bramhope Tunnel in Leeds.
Airing on Yesterday at 20:00, the episode will also be available for watching on demand on UKTV Play.
Bramhope Tunnel is two miles long and is on the line between Leeds and Harrogate and was opened in 1849, making it on of the longest tunnels in Britain at the time it was built.
Tim joins Network Rail team and Network Rail’s Tunnel Engineer, Ian Wilson to step inside the tunnel and look at the routine maintenance needs to make sure trains can continue to run safely.
The episode also sees Tim visits the memorial in Otley to the workers who lost their lives while building the tunnel and he also takes a look at the Grade II listed north portal, which has been described as like a castle in the woods.
Ian Wilson, Tunnel Engineer for Network Rail, said: “Bramhope Tunnel is a vital part of West Yorkshire’s railway history and it was great to take Tim and the crew inside it.
“I’m looking forward to viewers finding out how it was built, the challenges it still brings today and how we continue to maintain it so trains can continue using it for years to come.”
Tim Dunn, Presenter, said: “Bramhope Tunnel has one of the most magnificent entrance portals you’ll ever see! I’m really pleased we are able to showcase it in this series of The Architecture The Railways Built. It’s fascinating to hear how important the railways were to Leeds in general and I’m grateful to Network Rail for giving us such amazing access to such a wonderful place, and also to Leeds Museum for letting us borrow John McGoldrick as to tell us all about it too.”
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