There will be two meetings for members in January at which we will be showing:
- The set of spectacular photos that Graeme Bickerdike took on the recent walk through the tunnel
- Ben Salter's fine simulations of the days when coal and rail were kings at both sides of the tunnel
- Some photos showing just how much the landscape has changed since
- The Rhondda Tunnel Society publicity video
As well as news on progress with the project.
The meetings will both start at 7:30 pm as follows:
Thursday 11th. January at the G2 in Blaengwynfi SA13 3TD
Thursday 18th. January at Ton Pentre Football Club CF41 7AF
As it is the middle of winter and the weather could be bad, please check this page or the RTS Facebook page before you set out in case we have to postpone either meeting.
All members welcome and you can join the Rhondda Tunnel Society at the door.
The grant that the RTS won from the Pen Y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund is being implemented as work packages from different contractors. The first one has been completed by Alpine Land Surveyors Ltd. of Hirwaun. They have surveyed land around the tunnel portals which may be used to receive the fill from the material that is to be excavated from the approach cuttings. The Technical Subcommittee is pleased with their work which will help the RTS to develop some ambitious proposals to encourage lots of people to experience the tunnel, both as walkers and cyclists but also taking part in sporting events. Below is a sample of the maps that Alpine have produced - this one is the bridleway alongside the stream at Blaencwm.
After a hectic couple of months, finally we had time to get our Calendar out before Christmas. They are on sale at our shop in Treorchy and will be available from other outlets from Monday.
They are priced at £8 as with previous years and will be available on line once P+P has been worked out and added. So, our apologies for the delay, get yours while stocks last.
A team visited the Rhondda Tunnel today. The visit was principally for Hammonds ECS to measure the dimensions of the air shaft concrete cap from below so that they can replace it with a hatch. Mines Rescue of Dinas provided safety cover and escorted the teams through the tunnel. In the team was a tunnelling expert from Balfour Beatty; Balfour Beatty is going to carry our a detailed examination early next year. They were accompanied by members of the RTS Technical Subcommittee and our Vice-Chair. Also accompanying us was the editor of the Forgotten Relics website who took some amazing pictures of the tunnel. It is a remarkable structure, especially as it has not had any maintenance for almost 50 years and has hardly changed in all that time. Notice that the Blaengwynfi air shaft cap has a recent wound in it. The middle bottom picture is the water running into the drain. We are not sure where that water goes but it does not stay in the tunnel. Watch this space for more pictures soon.