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Report - Monks Tunnels, Birkenhead - April 2013

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by J.man, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. J.man

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    The Explore

    After my last report – Birkenhead Town Railway Station & Tunnels, a report based on the original station site and inside
    the first of the two tunnels at platform level, the Woodside Tunnel, a second visit was planned with a non member to find a
    way into the 2nd of the tunnels known locally as the Monks Tunnels which lead to the old monks ferry freight depot.

    So torch and camera batteries fully charged and kitted up off we went. On approach to entrance site it was clear the council
    had been in kitted up with numerous cans of thick black vandal grease to stop access into the Woodside tunnel, although
    unfortunate, the monks tunnels hadn’t been touched by dirty hands so after a bit of searching and climbing we were successful
    in finding a way in…

    I Hope you enjoy the report.

    A Quick history

    Closed in the 1960’s, tunnels sealed and station demolished in the 70’s, Birkenhead town Railway station and its two tunnels
    both bore passenger and freight trains from London & Wales. A railway history spanning nearly 100 years lies benith the area
    which is now the entrance and approach roads to the Queensway tunnel.

    01 - The greased up Woodside Tunnel

    02 - So that being unfortunate on into the Monks Tunnel

    03 - around 200 meters in

    04 - 500 Meters

    05 - The end of the tunnel & shaft

    06 - The Shaft

    07 - Looking up

    08 - Shaft support

    09 - Looking south

    10 - Shopping cart?

    11 - It was

    12 - Heading back the lime scale on the walls

    13 - The Original Freight Yard that this tunnel once led to

    Thanks for looking, Here’s the link to the First Report in this series
    Birkenhead Town Railway Station & Tunnels.

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