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Report - Sale Short tunnel, Manchester - June 09

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by concreteJungle, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. concreteJungle

    concreteJungle 28DL Regular User
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    There's allot to be said for walking about during your lunch hour. Found this whilst doing so near Sale, what looked like a canal overflow drew my attention and found the tunnel access. Had a quick reccie down there but was in a suit, so returned later in better attire.

    I dropped down inbetween two tunnel arches:
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    The tunnel has a pipe along it's length, which discharged into a small sump:
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    There was a lot of debris under the entrance, and a junction where a small pipe joined the main one:
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    The tunnel continued under the tramline for about 15m (looking back):
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    After a manhole shaft the tunnel was bricked up, with a smaller semi filled in tunnel in the center:
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    I can't figure out the original purpose of the tunnel, being so close to the canal overflow I first thought it was the overflow culvert. The sump could lead down to a culvert which actually is the overflow channel. Maybe the tunnel once lead somewhere else but it was blocked off and used for the drainage pipe. I ramble. Anyway a good random find!:D
     

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  2. jonno22

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    i thoroughly enjoyed the images and the commentary, well done. A lunch hour well spent even if you did not have time to have you 'lunch' hehe. Did you take your suit in for a dry - clean that night or was it ok haha?

    Best Regards

    Jonathan McGurk

    Railway and Freelance Photographer

    www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net
     
  3. concreteJungle

    concreteJungle 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks for the comments! The suit came through pretty unscathed actually, Fridays are dress down, so had a better look and took the photos then. There's some interesting looking manholes around there too, don't think I'd get away with going back in smelling culvert fresh though!
     
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