6th August 2012 — Ted Hancock — Totley Tunnel

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERATed’s many years of hard work research­ing the build­ing of the longest non-electrified rail­way tunnel in the UK shone through in this fact filled talk. At 6,230-yards long it was com­pleted in 1893 – a major con­struc­tion pro­ject built by Thomas Oliver who was main con­tractor for the Midland Railway line between Totley and Grindleford.

Without the engin­eer­ing abil­it­ies of the Victorians we would not have many of these great pieces of infra­struc­ture, though their regard for Health and Safety left much to be desired.