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The Cheviot tunnel is a historic 660 foot long brick lined railway built in 1889. It is located in “The Valley of a Thousand Hills” where images of spectacular rolling lush green terrains.
It was constructed to enable passengers and timber logging to be transported from Yea to Molesworth, a distance of some 20kms.
Sadly the tunnel was closed in 1937 when road trucks could haul the timber. The tunnel now stands as a historical piece of engineering in its era. To gain access to the tunnel now, I had to obtain consent of the land-owner who graciously gave me permission to photograph the tunnel on the condition I opened then shut his farming gates in order to keep his cattle and sheep from escaping.
As I travelled several kilometres along his grazing property I was in awe when I finally saw this stunning tunnel in the distance and excited when I got there.
The tunnel took 2 years to build and 2,000 employees involved in making the bricks on site from a clay deposit found nearby.
Whilst walking through the tunnel there were no signs of a rail track ever existing but the colours of the bricks and curved features felt like I was stepping back in time! Also, there were many inserted safety enclaves for workers to escape when a train entered the tunnel; these too are so neatly made with beautiful framing curved by the clay bricks.
This is truly a historical masterpiece persevered by the quality of workmanship and very little invasion by tourists.
Exp - 1/640
Apt - F8
F/L - 18mm
ISO - 100
*Canon EOS “KISS” D/SLR Camera
Also by Christopher J Chalk
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