World’s oldest railway tunnel to be mapped

Published on January 21st, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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Archaeologists will be employing the use of laser scanners to map the Butterly Gangroad in Derbyshire, England, which was built in 1793.

He said: “It’s got a claim to being the oldest railway tunnel in the world, but it could have been reconstructed at some stage. There’s a lot of these railways in the Ripley area and a lot in the countryside that no-one has done anything with – hopefully this will inspire others to do similar projects.”

Railway carraiges were originally pulled by horses and carried limestone from quarries in Crich to the Cromford Canal at Bullbridge.

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One Response to World’s oldest railway tunnel to be mapped

  1. William says:

    I’ll bet when they start digging along the route they will unearth some very cool artifacts. Glad I stumbled across your site on facebook. I’ll be back again and again.

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