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Old 04-29-2008, 01:51 PM   #10
willig
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Here's the real situation.

The attachment shows a picture I took from a few hundred yards to the left. You can see that the portals are not actually an entrance to a tunnel under the castle, nor an entry to the castle. They are actually the portals that are the entrance to a tubular bridge over the River Conwy adjacent to the castle. The bridge was built in the 1840s, about 600 years after the castle.

See these links for more info.
http://www.castlewales.com/conwy.html

http://www.gtj.org.uk/en/item1/6567

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conwy_railway_bridge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tubular_bridge

Tubular bridges are somewhat of a rarity, this is now the only one in UK. I am not aware of others, but I for all I know there may be lots around the world.

The angle is deceiving, but the train does go through those portals. This photo was taken with a train (my favourite loco) exiting the other side of the bridge and going past the castle wall.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=233395

FYI, this is a beautiful location with a charming small town and a fascinating castle and passing trains - What more could you want?
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