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Report - Connaught Railway Tunnel, London, Feb 2010

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by kevin arnold, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. kevin arnold

    kevin arnold 28DL Member
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    Visited with Za Gringo more than a month ago. I've been wondering whether to post a report or not as there's lots of them already and it's hard to take original photos in that place. But hey, I had a really good time exploring this site, so why not share it. The tunnel is beautifully derelict complete with rusty rails, damp patches on the walls, light seeping in through the airshafts and stream of water springing from some burst pipe.

    All text in quotation marks taken from www.abandonedstations.org.uk .

    "When the Victoria Dock was built, a swing bridge was put in at its entrance. However it was thought that the opening and closing of the bridge would interfere with the train services so a new route for the line was built to the north of the dock. The route of the line was interruped again when the adjacent Albert Dock was opened; a new cut & cover tunnel was built underneath its entrance."

    Derelict North Woolwich line before it descends into tunnel.

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    Approaching

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    Tunnel itself

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    At some point it splits into two separate lines

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    "The centre section of the tunnel is iron ringed (...) The iron ringed section is that which passes directly beneath the Royal Albert dock and is the section that was rebuilt/lowered after it was discovered that the bottom of passing boats were scraping the top of the tunnel!"

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    Some stains and what-not on the walls

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    After a while both tunnels join together again.

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    The exit looks very similar to the approach (picture 2) with all those mini-bridges above, and the tracks go on but we didn't follow them, so i don't know where they lead :confused

    Thanks for looking
     

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  2. NaPsTeR

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    I've not far from there myself either, its a small world. This might clear up some confusion :)

    Stations Left to Right:
    • Custom House
    • Prince Regent DLR(Not part of track but from the station bridge can see into the Silverlink Tunnel aka the exit)
    • Connaught Railway Station(Closed 1940)
    • Silvertown Railway Station
    • North Woolwich Railway Station

    Colour Squares to get your bearings from:
    • Blue - ExCeL Exhibition centre
    • Red - Spillers Millenium Mills
    • Pink - Tate & Lyle
    Unfortunately from the exit onward is a building site as Serco now has the contract for building an extension to the DLR on the old silverlink line.

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