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Penmanshiel Tunnel

Railway Tunnel (19th Century)

Site Name Penmanshiel Tunnel

Classification Railway Tunnel (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Cockburnspath, Railway Tunnel; Birky Bank

Canmore ID 278493

Site Number NT76NE 52

NGR NT 7964 6722

NGR Description NT 7964 6722 to NT 7957 6702

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Cockburnspath
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Berwickshire
  • Former County Berwickshire

Archaeology Notes

NT76NE 52 7964 6722 to 7957 6702

Penmanshiel Tunnel [NAT]

OS 1:10,000 map, 1977.

This tunnel is situated a short distance N of the highest point of the Edinburgh-Newcastle main line of the former North British Rly. It suffered a major roof collapse (with loss of life) during pre-electrification reflooring works in Spring 1979, being subsequently sealed and replaced by a diversion around the hillside to the W.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 1 February 2006.


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