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Report - Liverpool Victoria/Waterloo Tunnels - July 2015

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Dangle_Angle, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. Dangle_Angle

    Dangle_Angle 28DL Regular User
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    Did this spur of the moment with my daughter. Had a real good mooch and was put to shame regards access by my 13 year old....haha
    Light painting was a bit tricky at first but started to get the hang of it as the 'splore progressed.

    A bit of history....

    The Victoria Tunnel in Liverpool, England is a 2,706 yd (2,474 m) long rail tunnel. Opened in 1849, its eastern portal is adjacent to Edge Hill station. The western portal opens into a short (69 yd or 63 m) cutting, between Byrom Street and Fontenoy Street, the shorter Waterloo Tunnel exits the cutting terminating at Waterloo Dock. The Victoria and Waterloo tunnels are effectively one long tunnel connected by a ventilation cutting. The whole length is generally known as the Waterloo Tunnel.

    After 46 years of use, the wire rope broke on 16 February 1895. It was decided to abandon the old rope system as locomotives were now much more powerful to climb the whole tunnel incline without assistance. On 12 June 1895 passenger trains were introduced into the tunnel serving the now-demolished Riverside passenger liner terminal station at the Pier Head.

    The Victoria Tunnel was considered as an addition to Merseyrail in 1975, to link the city centre from Liverpool Central underground station to the east of Liverpool. However, the tunnel was rejected in favour of the Wapping Tunnel. Spur works were built to enable a tunnelled connection to the Wapping Tunnel at Central station. However these short tunnels can be used to create tunnel links to either of the tunnels in the future. Budget cuts prevented further work.[2]

    In May 2007 it was reported that Merseytravel Chief Executive Neil Scales had prepared a report outlining the possibilities for reuse of the Wapping tunnel and Victoria tunnel with the latter to aid in redeveloping the north shore area of Liverpool. The western portal emerges near to the site of the proposed Liverpool Waters docklands redevelopment scheme.[3] Merseytravel safeguard the tunnel for future use.

    SOME PICTURES FOR YOU ALL......;)

    The infamous plastic piggy
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    Entrance from Stanley dock end..
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    Looking towards docks from Waterloo tunnel
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    Collapsed oil lantern....just a little bit of rust :wanker
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    Byrom st cutting from Victoria Tunnel
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    Victoria tunnel towards Edge Hill
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    Victoria tunnel once again..
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    All in all...a great little visit. I recommend to anyone. Really challenging with the lack of light but a great learning curve and pretty easy access (if you're 13 haha)...

    Cheers all.
     
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  2. KM_Punk

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    Looks a good tunnel.
    What torch are you using. Using a long exposure and half decent shot should light this baby up.
    I like the 'Switch' sign shot :thumb
     
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  3. Dangle_Angle

    Dangle_Angle 28DL Regular User
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    Funnily enough its a 99p led torch from home bargains!! hahaha....we used headtorches at different directions also
    15 second shutter speed and 400 ISO
    Was my first time light painting so wasnt expecting much tbh....
     
  4. The Kwan

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    Thanks for sharing this mate, Is this a link from the original central station (quiggins) or the eixsting Central station today, I dont know which, but if they have reserved use of the tunnel, it would be cool to see quiggins come back on line if that is possible.
     
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    Dangle_Angle 28DL Regular User
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    Hi mate,
    Don't know the quiggins stuff, this is from the Stanley end of town to edge hill via Byrom street cutting.
    What's the quiggins quote about?
     
  7. Dangle_Angle

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    Quiggins was the Cities original Central station ( I may be wrong) frequently am :) but is now a lovely old building full of goth type shops in Renshaw St.
     
  9. Dangle_Angle

    Dangle_Angle 28DL Regular User
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    Oh yes!!! Fuck me! I was in there the other Saturday...looks very stationy now I think of it..
    But no, this is on the other side of town. Entrance in a car park in the road with the liverpool Mercedes dealership at one end.
    Get in there and have a go mate ;)
     
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    Should be a good starter. My first was 1000. Had an instant effect on my underground shots. Now I have 2000, 3000 and 4000(when it wants to work).
     
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    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    Looks like a nice mooch :thumb

    Think I'll call the Kwan quiggins from now on.
    (Only joking m8 :D )
     
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    One typo by text Telf...I:m never gonna live this down lolol :D
     
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    Nice little mooch, this. Good to see it getting some footfall again! :thumb
     
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    Gerard Professional procrastinator, climber and geek.
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    Nice report and liking the pictures but It might be prudent to delete the message quoted disclosing the entrance location, police and transport authorities check out this site and disclosure of the entrance will just run the risk of tightened security measures and make future exploration more difficult.
     
  15. Dangle_Angle

    Dangle_Angle 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks mate but it's just an open site. Go check it out
     
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