Fernleigh tunnel is an old train tunnel situated along Fernleigh Track, a former railway line that runs from Adamstown to Belmont. It is a 181 metre long curved tunnel that marks the connecting point between the cities of Lake Macquarie and Newcastle.
The Fernleigh Track opened in 1880, and was originally called 'Redhead Loop', as the line terminated at Redhead. During this time, the line was used to haul coal from the mines between Adamstown and Redhead, and eventually, it was used for passenger trains to and from the mines. The line extended to Belmont in 1916, and nine years later the name was changed to 'Fernleigh Loop'.
In 1991, the rail line ceased after the last mine (Lambton Colliery) closed. The land was then purchased by both Lake Macquarie and Newcastle councils in 1994, and the Fernleigh Track project commenced in 2003 and was completed in 2011.
An emergency recess
While wandering through the huge double brick lined tunnel, you will notice several features both old and new, one of which are the numerous emergency recesses built into the side of the tunnel.
To log a find on this virtual cache, you will need to complete the photo task and questions below.
- Take a photo of yourself within one of the 'open' emergencies recesses. *Note: This does not necessarily have to include your face.
- How many emergency recesses (open and closed combined) are there within the tunnel?
- How many emergency recesses are still open? In other words, how many have not been sealed?
- At either end of the tunnel, there is a similar looking etching. What do these etchings say, and which one is in better condition?
*** Please send your answers to me using message center or via email, and post your photo with your log. Do not post your answers with your log. Any found logs that have not completed the required tasks (especially the photo) will be removed. ***
Virtual Reward - 2017/2018
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