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Report - Camden Rathole / Vaults - London - September 2016

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by de_kebab, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. de_kebab

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    Tunnels were built under Camden Goods Yard in 1854-56 so that horses working in the goods yard could make their way safely beneath the tracks to and from their stables (this is the eastern horse tunnel). The eastern tunnel is Grade II listed. At 30 Oval Road the developer, Mandrake Properties, has had approval to demolish the staircase leading from the horse tunnel to ground level as part of a new office and housing development, and to block up the tunnels.
    A second tunnel (the western tunnel) was built to connect with Allsop's stables. The western tunnel has shaft access to the rat hole (up empty carriage line). The up empty carriage line runs from just south of Primrose Hill Tunnel where it used to connect to the up slow Broad Street line which in turn connected to the up slow Euston line just prior to the Central Tunnel Mouth.

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    Arrived in London looking to do some exploring. After arriving at Euston train depot we very quickly found out that there was no access at the current time. Not wanting to leave London empty handed we managed to come across the Camden Vaults. We entered through the portal and escaped the humid air for the nice underground cool air.

    Upon entering we noticed that it had been cleared out very recently and work was obviously being done on it. We took a little look around the vaults and coal bunker and then proceeded to enter the Rat Hole. Of course there was no one to be found – although a lot of candles left behind from someone else here on 28dl. We ended up walking from end to end (950 Yards) and came across random safes and paint pots but nothing more interesting than that.

    We then went back up and tried to go to another part of the vaults but unfortunately I very quickly discovered that Jeans were not a good idea after I slipped in some mud and we decided to call it a day.

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    Very good explore although it might be worth doing soon as it did look like work was being done.

    Thank you for looking :)
     
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  2. The badger

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    Great pictures
     
  3. WildBoyz

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    Good report, I like it.

    Good to see you managed to find your way inside :thumb
     
  4. de_kebab

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    Thanks! I am trying to improve a lot haha :)
     
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    Haha thanks a bunch! Was a good one to exlplore for sure :)
     
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