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Lead or Rumour info - Sheffield 'Gigatron'

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by p1ynth, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. p1ynth

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    Im not a drainist at all but Im sure this will interest many. Advance appologies for vague info, but this is from my fuzzy distant memories!!

    Was discussing all things underground/abandonned recently with a good friend of mine, and we both remembered some massive underground civil construction in the centre of Sheffield in early 1990s which went on for quite some time.

    I can not remember where precisely where, exept that it was either somewhere along the Wicker, Park Squre or Pond Street area. I recall looking down it many times from the top deck of the bus (93 or 52!)

    It was to construct a massive tunnel underground. It had a massive vertical circular shaft (fnar fnar) big enough to fit a dumper truck down. So deep you couldnt even see the bottom from the top of the bus. I recall rumours of it being 30 - 50 metres deep, and allegedly big enough to drive a small bus through. Have no ideas where it went from or to.


    'Gigatron' .... coz its bigger than the Megatron!
     

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    if it was the hole in the road is was filled in years ago.
     
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    The tram started running in '94, could have been something do do with that, especially if it was around Park Square, I'm thinking something to do with supporting the bridge on Park Square roundabout maybe, if that was the place?

    Don't suppose you have any more info, or a more specific location? Pond Street, Park Square and the Wicker aren't that close together really.

    Maybe part of Megatron was opened up for some sort of construction work? It covers the right sort of area.
     
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    Possible stormwater tank?
     
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    Tablets - no. Not "t'ole in t'road"! Look how little traffic there is in your pic!

    Kaplan - No, definately nothing to do with the tram system. I recall it was definately a water related civil engineering project. What ever it was, it was completed very early 90's.... possibly before I started at the Poly in '91 me thinks. Appologies, I know Im not being much help here (Its called Leads & Rumours..... call this a strong rumour! I know it happened, just cant remember where.). Im racking my aged brains to try and pin down where it was. :sad

    I know those locations arnt exactly close together, but I do recall it was in the centre of town somewhere in that triangle, and that it was not possible to see the bottom from the top deck of the bus! The chatter at the time was that it was DEEEEEP! +Dont forget the shape of the Park Square island changed massively too when the tram was put through.

    (unrelated) I know they did a lot of work (probably Megatron) after the city centre flooded in 2000. Seem to remember a massive fuss being kicked up after it was found the waterway was blocked with years of uncleared shite, including a number of large trees and other generic debris!
     
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    There was THIS in Millhouses Park, but that is after the period you're talking about and not in the right area.

    I did have a Bing map compiled by YW that listed all the Sheffield water installations, but can't find a link now. Know I shared it with a few of the Sheffield lot - anyone still got it?
     
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    >> "Subscriber only content"
     
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    It's unlikely that they will be specifically monitoring a sewer via cctv, more like council related cctv for crime prevention, someone local needs to go and climb down and bring some instagrams or flashtastics back :p:
     
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    There is another quote on the Sheff Forum thread that would kinda make sense with the location
     
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    Strange, I'm definitely not a subscriber...

     
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    tablets - I dont recall 'the shaft' being in the Sheaf Street/Station area. The CCTV camera will probably be this one...
    [​IMG]..... A council operated traffic camera.

    mstarmatt - Sounds about right. Evedently it didnt do its job too well in 2000!

    Muttley - that Bing map sounds most 'useful'... any ideas where you obtained it?! At best I could use it to bump off any idiotic speed bumps the council have put in! (Regulations state they're not to be within a set distance of pipe work... as shockwaves from passing traffic eventually causes damage/failure to pipework)
     
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    Well there is a huge network of culverts for both the River Sheaf and the Porter Brook in that area, the Sheaf in culverted under the Midland Station and Sheaf St, runs uncovered for about 50 yds then in culverted all the way to where it flows into the Don at Blonk St, I suppose it could be something to do with this, as it flows more or less in a line from Pond St, under where Commercial St and Exchance Place come off the Park Sq and flows into the Don under the Blonk St bridge, which isn't very far from the Wicker. I should imagine that the buses were a good few yards away from a hole the size you mention too, and there would be a lot of raised reinforcement around the top of the hole, so it would appear a lot deeper than it actually was, if you go and take a look at the open streach of the Sheaf between Sheaf St and Pond Hill at the back of Ponds Forge, I'd say its about 20 foot deep there, and looking at this pic on wikipedia http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/42/RiverSheafJoinsDonAtSheffield038.jpg it looks as though this has had the culvert wall rendered at some point in the last 20 - 30 years.
     
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