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'Lost' Rhondda Tunnel keystone unveiled

A relic of Wales' largest tunnel has been moved to a new home after being presumed lost for many years.

The keystone which stood at the entrance to the Rhondda Tunnel was unveiled at nearby Treherbert station.

Credit: Mike Griffiths

The tunnel closed in the late 1960s after the sweeping cuts to Britain's railways carried out after the Beeching Review.

It runs for more than three kilometres between Blaencwm in the Rhondda to Blaengwynfi in the Afan Valley.

The visible tunnel entrance

Campaigners want to reopen it as a cycle track - which would make it the second longest enclosed track in the world.

The Welsh Government is carrying out a study into how feasible the plans are.

This tunnel is going to bring loads of tourists into the area.

This place now... nature has reclaimed it.

It's a beautiful country now, a beautiful part of Wales and it's only going to enhance the beauty of it.

– Steve Mackey

The Rhondda Tunnel Society says getting the stone restored and into its new home marks 'step one' of its hope of reopening the tunnel.