Cheviot Tunnel - Inside looking Out

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© Christopher J Chalk
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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

11 responses

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (21 May 2011):

    OH I just love this view, this is great Chris..

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (21 May 2011):

    Marvelous framing!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (21 May 2011):

    This is great!! The exposure is spot on!! Great framing too.

  • sandra d'souza

    sandra d'souza gave props (21 May 2011):

    i love it too:)

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (23 May 2011):

    I am loving this shot.... great history lesson.......

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (25 May 2011):

    This is so beautifully done, Chris! I love the way the tunnel frames the lovely outside.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (25 May 2011):

    Looks like four wheeled vehicles would use this track now? I'm so enjoying travelling with you in your backyard CJ. Frametastic!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (26 May 2011):

    nice narration!!Great to know about this shot!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (28 May 2011):

    I like this...It reminds me of the light at the end of the tunnel...Nice narrative also.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (31 May 2011):

    Love this!!

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    Beautiful framing and a lovely perspective !!

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