On Sunday 7th December members and friends gathered in the car park at Caffe Buongiorno’s, most were there by 9am ready for a breakfast snack before the departure at 10am, for a visit to the old railway tunnels above Panorama. A few only had breakfast and then went their own way to do other things, the rest of us left more or less on time, for a short run to the tunnels where we were met and welcomed by the owners.
The first tunnel was very full, and is used primarily for the storage of wine, there were many pallets piled high, and quite a lot of 20ft containers which may or may not have been full of wine. There were also a lot of garden ornaments which the owner had bought as a job lot, and wanted to sell, quite a few of them found their way into the cars. The other end of this tunnel was open and allowed everyone to get an idea of where the line originally went, this area brought back childhood memories to more than one visitor.
After leaving this tunnel some people departed, the remainder of us went for a drive along dusty tracks to the second tunnel, this one was empty, and the far end was very dark, but looking back there was definitely light at the end of the tunnel. Some of us stayed here, and had a very sociable enjoyable picnic lunch in the shade of the entrance. What was that meerkat doing, in the bushes?