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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Thorold > Great Western Rail Tunnel
Great Western Rail Tunnel
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created by Crossfire on 9/1/2003 9:10 PM
last modified by MHInc on 4/29/2006 7:59 PM
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This tunnel at it's entrance is about 5 to 7 meters tall, with stunning granite stonework. The floor of the tunnel is made up of muddy wooden ties that are uneven and rotting. The ceiling of the tunnel is stone, though half way through, support cribbing has been put in place to help support the tunnel. A short way past the cribbing, the tunnel becomes flooded all the way to the east end, were there is a fence across the opening.
 Basic Information
Type: Tunnel
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information

Thorold, Ontario
Owner: Seaway Authority
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • water
  • low-hanging supports
  •  Interesting Features
    Lovely masonry, interesting flooring, multiple rumours of hauntings
     Security Measures
  • locked gates
  • Tunnel has been bricked up and gated.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1885
    Closed: 1919
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  •  Recommended Equipment
    rubber boots
    This tunnel was built under the 3rd canal for the Great Western Railway as they did not want a swing bridge to cross the canal. This was the Hamilton - Niagara Falls line that is now CN's Grimsby Sub. The canal opened in 1885 and the tunnel was in use then. I can't find the date when they started using the bridge over the 3rd canal (Iron Bridge) but have found a reference that the bridge was in use in 1900. By this time it was the Grand Trunk Railway.
     Media Coverage

     Future Plans
    This tunnel will likely not be collapsed because of the haulage roadway overtop.
    A Brief History
    Tue, Sep 13th, 2005
    posted by MHInc
    Sat, Feb 5th, 2005
    posted by LeftRights
    Crossfire & Vertigo Get Spooked
    Wed, Sep 3rd, 2003
    posted by Crossfire

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     Photo Galleries
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    Bill's Pix
    Sun, Apr 25th, 2004
    posted by LeftRights
    32 pictures
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    Old Tunnel Pics
    Sun, Sep 19th, 2004
    posted by LeftRights
    4 pictures
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    g_spot trip
    Mon, Nov 15th, 2004
    posted by thc
    5 pictures
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    tunnel gnome
    Wed, May 4th, 2005
    posted by Bass Mechanic
    1 pictures
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    Different Old Pictures
    Sun, Sep 18th, 2005
    posted by MHInc
    6 pictures
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    East End Photos
    Mon, Sep 19th, 2005
    posted by MHInc
    6 pictures
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    Bill's Pix 2006
    Fri, Apr 21st, 2006
    posted by LeftRights
    14 pictures
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    Bill's Pix 2008
    Tue, Nov 4th, 2008
    posted by LeftRights
    6 pictures
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    Low Light Shots
    Tue, Sep 15th, 2009
    posted by MHInc
    2 pictures
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    Canadavey's visit - November 2010
    Sun, Nov 6th, 2011
    posted by Canadavey
    3 pictures

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    East End Pano
    Tue, Sep 20th, 2005
    posted by MHInc

    West Entrance Pano
    Tue, Sep 20th, 2005
    posted by MHInc
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 1/1/2011 11:26 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jan 1 11 at 23:26, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jan 1 11 at 18:48, Canadavey updated gallery picture Midsection Interior
  • on Jan 1 11 at 18:47, Canadavey updated gallery picture West end - Exterior
  • on Jan 1 11 at 18:46, Canadavey updated gallery picture Inside 1
  • on Jan 1 11 at 18:43, Canadavey updated gallery picture 5151852949_cb969b21f1_z.jpg
  • on Jan 1 11 at 18:42, Canadavey added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jan 1 11 at 18:42, Canadavey updated gallery Canadavey's visit - November 2010
  • on Jan 1 11 at 18:41, Canadavey created a new gallery
  • on Sep 18 09 at 1:36, Steed validated this location
  • on Sep 15 09 at 12:46, MHInc added some pictures to a gallery
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    You must log in for this feature to work.GWR Tunnel gets its fifteen minutesCrossfire3220811/1/2010 7:19 PM by MHInc
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