Monday, May 18, 2015

The Old Helensburgh Railway Tunnels

Heading to Helensburgh, exit off the M1 freeway to Helensburgh, turning onto the Old Princes Highway, at the roundabout take first exit onto Parkes Street and follow for approx 3.2 km then on turn right onto Old farm Rd. you can find parking is available at railway carpark close by. If catching the train get to Helensburgh railway station, the Tunnels are a few meters away. (map)

The original railway route to the south coast closed in 1915 and since has been abandoned.The tunnel is approx 80 meters in length with open gates at both ends. Entering the tunnel was an eerie feeling cold and dark, and due to the previous rain the ground was muddy with large puddles at the entrance. As we walked through the tunnel we noticed the graffiti covering the walls it was unfortunately as it spoilt the atmosphere of the tunnel.  Approaching the end there were gates opened and as the sun shone upon them it reminded me of an enchanted garden, over grown vines and weeds, it looked beautiful and very natural. taking our time to take a few more pictures here of the whole entrance area, small garden area, and out side the tunnel walls. this walk did not take long, but worth a look.

When looking out from tunnel,  down road a little is another tunnel called the metropolitan, this is signed and a information board of history about the railway track is also there. An old demolished platform was just recognizable and a cottage on the right of this tunnel. Unfortunately because of heavy rain this tunnel was also flooded and we could not enter, but reading up on this it has glow worms inside and a history of being haunted.

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