Graeme Bickerdike, who made some of the videos and still photos of the Rhondda Tunnel has made a 30 min. video of how tunnels like the Rhondda were made. Well worth a watch. Follow this link to see it:
The third AGM of the Rhondda Tunnel Society is to be held in the Parc & Dare Lounge, Treorchy CF42 6NL on Wednesday 6th. February 2019 starting at 19:30. All members are very welcome. New members may join at the door. There will be a report on the great strides that have been taken this year to re-open the tunnel, including a details of the activities that RCT Council are undertaking with funds from the Welsh Government, as well as the usual elections and report of accounts. Please do try to come to the is important meeting.
NOTICE. Over the last week or so, activity in Mr Levi Lyles Field has increased. I would like to know that entering this field to see NOTHING Is putting great strain on Mr Lyle and the relationship the RTS have with him. The land with the COVERED POTAL (The Field) is leased by Mr Lyle and is private land. No one is allowed in there. THERE IS NOTHING TO SEE. IT HAS BEEN COVERED FOR 40YEARS! Please refrain from entering as this could jeopardise the project. RTS. Picture : - Steve Mackey. Just before a further 25 foot of earth was pushed over the Portal.
You are invited to an illustrated talk on the history of the Rhondda Tunnel and progress to date on re-opening it. It will be in the G2 Blaengwynfi at 19:30 on Tuesday 15th. January. Members of RTS free; non-members £1 entry. We plan a similar talk in the Rhondda Valley, date and venue to be announced.
During the Detailed Examination in May this year, Peter Harris, a tunnels expert from the Institute of Civil Engineers, went underground and examined the tunnel. His report on it has been accepted, and it has been added to the list of structures of historic engineering importance. Peter appears on the video that Graeme Bickerdike made of the detailed examination, available from this website (go to media->video->detailed examination). You can read the details of why it is important by following the link below.
Link to ICE Listing of Rhondda Tunnel. You need to download the complete information which gives a history of the tunnel.
At the recent meeting of trustees, it was decided to hold the AGM in February 2019, preferably on 6th. Feb. Our constitution requires that it is held within 15 months of the previous one. The trustees feel that with a number of developments starting at present, it is better to delay it until we have a more complete picture of activities. We shall have more information nearer the time, and announce the date and venue here.
Why not come along to our Charity Concert this evening at the Parc and Dare Theatre. This the 3rd Concert the Society has put on is always a spectacular evening. Tickets available at the box office.
It is the stuff of fairy tales. After nearly four years of meeting after meeting. Late late nights. Heated debates. Miles and Miles of Travelling. Gallons of ink on paper. Blood, Sweat and many a tear. The news came as music to the ears of the Rhondda Tunnels Trustees, Committee and Technical Team. "When Mr Andrew Morgan told us what he was proposing I was struck dumb," said Steve Mackey, Chairman of the Society. 2We owe a lot to our dedicated fully paid members. They have been with us through thick and thin, there are no words I can say to thank them, they are amazing people, and I feel a deep connection with them all," said Steve. Tony Moon Project Secretary said," The time line is set for the Tunnels to be up and running within 3 years. This is beyond our wildest dream!" For the full interview from Mr Andrew Morgan go to : -
After a very busy month April/May, finally the Detailed Examination Report came back to the RTS for examination by the Technical Team.
As it is only in Draft Form at the moment , it won't be released until the document has been examined in great detail.
As it stands, the report looks good, with just a few details that will be discuss with Mr Richard Storey, the Engineer for Balfour Beatty who carried out the examination. (Inset. Photo, Jim Mackey)
The final version will available to the RTS within the next few weeks. A copy will be sent to RCT and the Welsh government for their perusal. Hopefully there will be nothing sinister in the report and we can move on to the next phase. Now is the time we need support, now is the time to join us.
WE ARE MAKING HISTORY. Why not be a part of it!
RTS. Preserving the Past for our Children's Future!