Penmanshiel Tunnel Monument
Landmark In Duns, Borders
A monument to two engineers who died during the collapse of the Penmanshiel Tunnel expansion.
The Penmanshiel Tunnel was a railway tunnel that was constructed between 1845 and 1846 which ran between Dunbar and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Measuring 244m in length it carried two train tracks.
The tunnel was used by a wide variety of trains, including passenger trains, freight trains, and military trains.
In 1979, the tunnel was closed for improvement works to increase the clearance for larger containers. However during these works, a section of the tunnel roof collapsed, killing two engineers.
Roughly 20m of the tunnel's arched ceiling caved in, triggering a massive rockfall. The rubble and debris filled the tunnel for approximately 30m, completely engulfing a dump truck, an excavator, and the two workers operating them, Peter Fowler and Gordon Turnbull.
It was deemed that the tunnel was now too dangerous to reopen and so was replaced by a new bypass.
Contributed by Simon Hawkins
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