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Building the last Main Line Railway

Catesby Tunnel and Viaduct

Additional pages divided on different thematic subjects are available by clicking on the links below:

Newton to Oxford Canal (21) Great Central Bridge and Viaduct (12) Rugby to Barby (22)
Catesby Tunnel and Viaduct (31) Flecknoe, Willoughby and Staverton (28) Contractor's Yards & Locomotives (16)

View of Catesby tunnel's southern portal which had still to be completed after the tunnel lining was complete
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View of Catesby tunnel's southern portal which had still to be completed after the tunnel lining was complete
View of Catesby tunnel's northern portal which also needed to be added after the tunnel lining was complete
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View of Catesby tunnel's northern portal which also needed to be added after the tunnel lining was complete
Looking along the contractor's temporary track towards the northern end of Catesby tunnel
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Looking along the contractor's temporary track towards the northern end of Catesby tunnel
Looking along the contractor's temporary track towards the near completed southern portal of Catesby tunne
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Looking along the contractor's temporary track towards the near completed southern portal of Catesby tunnel
View of the northern portal of Catesby tunnel and the poorly laid contractor's temporary track in August 1896
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View of the northern portal of Catesby tunnel and the poorly laid contractor's temporary track in August 1896

View of the cutting being widened by steam shovel at the northern portal of Catesby tunnel
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View of the cutting being widened by steam shovel at the northern portal of Catesby tunnel
View of the Great Central's newly laid permanent way and the completed south portal of Catesby tunnel
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View of the Great Central's newly laid permanent way and the completed south portal of Catesby tunnel
View of the northern portal of Catesby tunnel and the Permanent Way hut being built on the left
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View of the northern portal of Catesby tunnel and the Permanent Way hut being built on the left
Looking north along the inside of the northern section of Catesby tunnel to the mouth of the portal
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Looking north along the inside of the northern section of Catesby tunnel to the mouth of the portal
View of the timber framed headgear used to ferry men and materials up and down shaft No 7 of Catesby tunnel
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View of the timber framed headgear used to ferry men and materials up and down shaft No 7 of Catesby tunnel

View of three labourers and a boy labourer preparing to descend down one of Catesby tunnel's shafts
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View of three labourers and a boy labourer preparing to descend down one of Catesby tunnel's shafts
Another steam powered derrick being deployed in the construction of Catesby tunnel, circa 1897
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Another steam powered derrick being deployed in the construction of Catesby tunnel, circa 1897
View of the heavy timber framed headgear sited at the top of Catesby Tunnel's shaft No 8
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View of the heavy timber framed headgear sited at the top of Catesby Tunnel's shaft No 8
View of one of Catesby tunnel's shafts employing a simpler type of headgear to gain access to the tunnel
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View of one of Catesby tunnel's shafts employing a simpler type of headgear to gain access to the tunnel
Another type of headgear employed above a shaft in order to extract soil as well as lower materials and men
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Another type of headgear employed above a shaft in order to extract soil as well as lower materials and men

Eight labourers pose for the camera alongside another timber framed headgear erected over a shaft
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Eight labourers pose for the camera alongside another timber framed headgear erected over a shaft
Looking down from the top of a spoil heap towards a section of circular timber shaft formwork
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Looking down from the top of a spoil heap towards a section of circular timber shaft formwork
View of one of the large square head frame used during the construction of the Catesby tunnel
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View of one of the large square head frame used during the construction of the Catesby tunnel
View of the timber head gear and winding cable employed during the sinking of Pit Shaft No 7
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View of the timber head gear and winding cable employed during the sinking of Pit Shaft No 7
View of the 'first tunnel shaft' taken in 1896 showing the method of disposing of spoil from the tunnel
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View of the 'first tunnel shaft' taken in 1896 showing the method of disposing of spoil from the tunnel

View up the slope towards the precarious looking head gear that lay at the top of tunnel No 9
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View up the slope towards the precarious looking head gear that lay at the top of tunnel No 9
View of Shaft No 4 during the construction of Catesby tunnel showing the headgear and other related structures
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View of Shaft No 4 during the construction of Catesby tunnel showing the headgear and other related structures
View of the headgear and loading wharf employed at Shaft No 6 at Catesby tunnel during its construction
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View of the headgear and loading wharf employed at Shaft No 6 at Catesby tunnel during its construction
A panoramic view of the building of the twelve arch Catesby viaduct  during its construction
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A panoramic view of the building of the twelve arch Catesby viaduct during its construction
Looking across the valley and the River Leam along the line of Catesby viaduct as the brick piers start to rise
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Looking across the valley and the River Leam along the line of Catesby viaduct as the brick piers start to rise

View of one of the ventilation shafts employed to disperse the steam and smoke from Catesby tunnel
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View of one of the ventilation shafts employed to disperse the steam and smoke from Catesby tunnel
View looking north alongside several of the thirteen piers being built to form the twelve arch Catesby viaduct
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View looking north alongside several of the thirteen piers being built to form the twelve arch Catesby viaduct
Looking north from the rising ground above Catesby tunnel's portal along the course of the GC's Main Line
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Looking north from the rising ground above Catesby tunnel's portal along the course of the GC's Main Line
View of the 'Survey Station' erected by the contractor above Catesby tunnel to aid its construction
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View of the 'Survey Station' erected by the contractor above Catesby tunnel to aid its construction
View of the Navvy hut settlement erected at Catesby to house the men building Catesby tunnel and viaduct
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View of the Navvy hut settlement erected at Catesby to house the men building Catesby tunnel and viaduct

View of a brick arch overbridge spanning the GC line to London being built north of Catesby tunnel
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View of a brick arch overbridge spanning the GC line to London being built north of Catesby tunnel

Newton to Oxford Canal (21) Great Central Bridge and Viaduct (12) Rugby to Barby (22)
Catesby Tunnel and Viaduct (31) Flecknoe, Willoughby and Staverton (28) Contractor's Yards & Locomotives (16)