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Report - Metal Gear Solid, Manchester - October 2013.

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Ojay, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. Ojay

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    Metal Gear Solid, Manchester

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    I always knew this place would deliver, and I'm quietly content I managed to finally get under here to see what was going on

    It's one of those places where access, although obvious isn't straight forward..

    There are a number of opposing factors such as heavy traffic, cctv, security, locked lids, absence of ladders, freak weather

    And of course it's often frequented by UU, which made it all the more of a curiosity


    Essentially a pumping station/cso/storm overflow(s) complete with in-line detention tank

    Ting is when it rains, this place deals with some serious waste water (see pics & vt further below)

    As a result, the original inadequate sewer and overflow has undergone some serious upgrades over the last 15 years to cope with demand!

    With the entire system heavily pikey'd, quite when and how I have no idea but fair play considering the access into this one

    The absence of ladders certainly made for an interesting entry

    Also shouts to Nickindroy for his patience :thumb


    Having dropped into the 'replacement' overflow (a very long stoopy 5ft bolted concrete pipe) I made my way upstream towards the familiar sound & smell of :turd

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    The incoming sewer was a right pain to access, due to Mr Thief and his ever increasing metal antics

    A sketch climb up from the primary overflow was all it took too sniff some shit

    Here the sewer enters via a 5ft RCP and runs a channel high above a large detention tank

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    Screening machinery runs the length of the sewer to scrape out the solids and prevent them from entering the watercourse during heavy flow

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    Shot looking from inspection walkway beyond the shit scraper down into detention tank

    (It looks clean because it was Jetwashed a short while prior)

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    At the far end, a gantry sits high up within the shit tank allowing further inspection, access to Penstock winder and the compound above

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    Below all that the sewer exits via a small Penstock and through a 2ft concealed pipe which runs through the primary overflow chamber heading downstream

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    A short stoop through a 4ft section of RCP connects the primary overflow chamber to the detention tank which fills up during heavy flooding

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    And again more evidence of the metal fairies as ladders and other stuff had been yoinked


    A slotted exit hole leads through to the other side of the overflow chamber, and out to the main overflow pipe

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    You can hear the sewer exit the other side of the chamber, sadly no pics as the ladders up from below and the ones from the manhole above have been pikey'd :banghead

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    Down below, A long & stoopy, 5ft bolted concrete pipe carries any discharge to the River when at capacity

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    As I said earlier, this entire overflow system has been massively updated since it was first constructed

    Here is the original overflow (since bricked & diverted) before the newer larger setup was constructed ^

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    A more detailed explanation of the older setup can be found here > http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/uk-draining-forum/84890-jack-box-manchester-october-2013-a.html


    Eventually the outfall; It's not possible to get in/out here

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    It's only when you witness the place at capacity you begin to understand why so much effort has gone into upgrading it :eek:

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    When it rains..

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    (TRUTH)

    A short clip as the pics don't really show the ferocity

    [video=youtube_share;PaUNYdrRjxs]http://youtu.be/PaUNYdrRjxs[/video]

     

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  2. GAJ

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    Rather nice indeed. Well done :thumb
     
  3. Lenston

    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    Bloody top stuff here mate, some great shots there :thumb
     
  4. Styru

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    I think a lot more people would go draining if they knew that was an optional extra mate :thumb
     
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  5. Nickindroy

    Nickindroy A Porky Prime Cut
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    A pleasure to be involved with this. That vid, Jesus! :eek: :thumb
     
  6. FreshFingers

    FreshFingers Choose life, choose tunnels
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    Corkin that is! :thumb
     
  7. Snake Oil

    Snake Oil go in drains
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    great find, but the brick looks better ;) The outfall in full flow looks some scary shit, really wouldn't want to be stuck in there when it pisses down
     
  8. TheVicar

    TheVicar Loyal to the Drain
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    Fantastic stuff Ojay!

    For years I have been curious about what lay beyond that nasty jamrag laden outfall.
    Love the video clip, I think that outfall was doubling the flow of the Medlock when you shot that! :)
     
  9. The Wombat

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    Interesting stuff Ojay :thumb
     
  10. Ojay

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    I've been down a few times when it's gone bananas, it's worse than that as a rule.. shame I'm holed up in some hotel with shyte internet or I might have been able to upload a better clip, will see what I can do when I'm back home sometime in 2014 :D
     
  11. The Kwan

    The Kwan funksoul Brother
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    Shit, there is a lesson in that video somewhere ...lovely pics :thumb
     
  12. Ojay

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    yeah when it rains go in drains :thumb
     
  13. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    Great report, enjoyed the read. Very interesting system.
     
  14. bhg

    bhg In Search of Lost Time
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    Fantastic report and some great shots Ojay!
     
  15. paulpowers

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    Nice stuff

    Wondered what was up there :D
     
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