Mapperley Tunnel is a 1,132-yard-long tunnel, built for the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Extension of the Great Northern Railway. This line ran from Colwick Junction in Nottingham to Egginton Junction in South Derbyshire. The route planned took the line through Mapperley via the Mapperley Tunnel built to avoid attempting to get the railway over the ridge. The tunnel was in use by 1875 but suffered a roof collapse due to mining subsidence on January 23, 1925. A length of roof about 12 yards long collapsed blocking the line with approximately 150 tons of rubble. Whilst repairs were undertaken traffic was diverted along the Nottingham Suburban Railway. The tunnel was repaired but the continuing effects of subsidence resulted in speed restrictions in the 1950s and closure on April 4, 1960.
Two school children playing in the tunnel heard a steam engine rapidly approaching them – terrified they ran out into the fresh air. A few seconds after their escape they realised that the train could not have existed, as the north end of the tunnel was barricaded
Accidents and Deaths here
Its took some digging today to find this out but I have found the following deaths and accidents did indeed occur here, the source says many died here but only gives the name of one miner (Well done to those who watched the live who felt this, at the time of the live I did not know this information.)
Miner Charles Daniels was crushed to death by a fall of earth in February 1874. In July of the same year, a lad named Shepperton suffered a severely crushed hand. Two months later, William Tucker was taken to hospital with smashed hand and badly cut head after some bind fell on him. And a lump of rock landed on 24-year-old navvy George Longthorn in August 1875, causing serious back injuries.
Our investigation here as got to be for myself personally, one of the most scariest investigations I have ever done and that isn’t because I was scared of what we was hearing here, it was because of the shear decay of the structure. I would advise anyone if they visit here to be careful.
Soon as we entered the tunnel we heard a trains whistle, unfortunately this was not on footage
ITC wise we got APRIL coming through a lot, the tunnel was shut on April 4th 1960! and we was told to dig deeper and go deeper!
People watching out live was picking up on miners and as stated above there is reports of miners dying in this tunnel. Simon went off to do a EVP session, myself and Chrissie felt that 3 miners was following Simon back and we realised that when we reviewed the EVP session back Simon had asked for whatever was down there to follow him back up the tunnel.
We got no hits on the equipment, however, the deeper we got into the tunnel the more we physically heard from toots of a train, a women’s voice, children laughing, bangs, footsteps and knocks, it felt as though we had stepped into a world that didn’t want to interact with us but was just going about there daily business. There was water within the tunnel dripping so some of these sounds could have been this but there was some sounds that wouldn’t have been created by water simply dripping.
Our best catch is on the video below, I recommend you watching it from 1min onwards. There is what sounds like a ‘toot’ from a train. I have compared sounds from a stream train all day and they do indeed sound very similar.
Take a listen to this YouTube footage and compare it to our capture!
Do I think we caught the GHOST TRAIN of Nottingham?, Yes, I most certainly do!
What you do think, please let us know in the comments below.