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Facade of Catesby tunnel under construction

Facade of Catesby tunnel under construction

L3099. A wonderful snapshot of railway construction in earnest, looking down from a cutting strewn with rocks and debris towards the northern portal of Catesby tunnel. The entrance is far from complete and is shrouded in a temporary timber facade. A line of empty tipping wagons waits on the contractor's rails. On the right of the picture is one of the mighty Ruston steam navvies: its makeshift wooden cab gives the machine a rather clumsy and dilapidated appearance, but these formidable machines represented a significant advance in railway construction and were arguably the contractor's greatest asset.
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - S. W. A Newton
Datecreation - circa 1897
TypePhotographs - black and white
Formatdimension.H - 158mm
dimension.W - 211mm
IdentifierNewton - 41/9
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationcopy of - glass plate negative
part of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
CoverageLocation.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland
Location.Creation Site - Catesby, Northamptonshire (O.S. Ref: 452400 259500)
period - circa 1897
RightsLeicestershire County Council