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Underground history: Wenvoe Tunnel ventilation shaft, Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff

Underground history: Wenvoe Tunnel ventilation shaft, Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff

Tucked away behind a PC World store in a retail park in Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff, is a piece of railway history – or at least the signs of it. This unimposing concrete building (in PC World house colours!) houses a ventilation shaft which forms part of the Wenvoe railway tunnel. Opened by the Barry Railway Company in 1898, the tunnel formed part of that company’s route between Trehafod in the south Wales Valleys, Cadoxtan and Barry, which closed in 1964.

The tunnel is intact and runs directly under the road interchange at Culverhouse Cross. The ventilation shaft (which helped disperse smoke and steam from locomotives) is located roughly halfway along the tunnel which is just over a mile long. A water main runs through the tunnel, but the tracks are long gone …

For an excellent account of a journey through the tunnel on foot – by Roger Newberry, see rogernewberry.com/2014/06/24/adventure-is-out-there-the-w...

The tunnel was featured as part of the 'Hidden Cardiff' programme on BBC One Wales with Will Millard (available to watch for a limited period at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08t3qcj/hidden-cardiff-wit...

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Photo prise le 11 janvier 2016 (© Dai Lygad / Flickr)

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