Investigating The Haunted The Victoria Tunnel

February 24, 2019 11:00 PM

About This Video

This video was uploaded to the YouTube channel Dead Air in February 2019.

An underground tunnel originally built to transport coal under Newcastle, the Victoria Tunnel was later converted into an air raid shelter during the second world war, and in that time, it has seen it's fair share of tragedy and drama.

In 2018, a tour guide claimed to have seen the figure of a man while he was showing members of the public the inside of the tunnel. That, and along with strange footsteps, voices, bangs and growls, this tunnel is said to be one of the most actively haunted locations in Newcastle.

To see our video exploring the abandoned north end of the tunnel, please watch below...

The Victoria Tunnel was once a coal wagon way opened in 1842, transporting coal from a colliery at Spital Tongues to boats on the River Tyne. However, it closed in 1860 with the demise of the colliery, and sealed up.

However, in 1939, air raid shelters were needed for WWII, and the tunnel was rediscovered, and converted for the safety of 10,000 Newcastle residents to shelter inside during bombing raids. After the war, it was once again closed and forgotten about until funding made guided tours and events possible. This included modern lighting, speakers for sound effects and replica seating to be added. These tours and events take place in the 700 meter section at Ouseburn (the south end). This is where Part 1 was filmed.

Sadly the 2.4 mile tunnel is no longer a complete tunnel. It was sealed up at New Bridge street with the central section (below the Central Motorway) used as an overflow drain, and is only accessible to Northumbrian water engineers.

However, a 1 mile section of tunnel does still exist is is completely off-limits to the public. I was given permission to film inside thanks to The Ouseburn Trust. They are the only people who have access to this north section of tunnel.

The purpose of this video was not to conduct a paranormal investigation, as I was given a small time frame in which to record, but rather to be used as an educational video for those interested in the tunnel and seeing what this section looks like.

If you are wanting to go inside the tunnel, you can book a guided tour here -

Sadly, over the years, the north end has been broken into several times, and we cannot condone this. People have left the place a mess, with graffiti and bottles left lying around. While the ways in have now been secured, its sad to think that those people have vandalised a piece of Victorian and WWII history, and that's not cool. There is damage that cannot be repaired. If you want to see the tunnel, do it properly on a tour at the south end.

To find out more about the tragic past of the Victoria Tunnel, it is included in our blog. There is also a link to part 1, which talks in depth about the tunnel and the colliery's sad history.

About Dead Air

Dead Air was formed in 2009 by University friends Rob Davies and Chris Felton, originally as a radio show in Newcastle based FM station, NE1fm. The show originally was based around encouraging callers to talk about their own experiences and opinions on the paranormal, as well as monthly live broadcasts from some of the North East's scariest places.

Chris works alongside Alan Robson, the host of Metro Radio's Nightowls and Sky TV's 'Scariest Places on Earth', and plans to make a full return to the show in 2021. Rob has been a radio presenter with NE1fm on the music scene, but is now 100% committed to creating paranormal content for the channel.

Watch more from Dead Air on YouTube

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