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Report - Tranmere Deep Shelter, Wirral - Jan 2015.

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  1. Ojay

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    Tranmere Deep Shelter, Wirral

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    I Never thought this place would see the light again, and is certainly a grail as far as the Wirral goes!

    Overlay produced by nick from a plan kindly sent from canute originally prepared by Stevie Wonder :rolleyes:

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    We dropped in near to what would have been one of the main 'usable' entrances for the shelter

    A couple of side rooms and passageways going off in different directions, along with a toilet block a short distance away

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    In one of those side rooms, amongst the burnt remains of a commer van (obviously myself and The Kwan old enough to remember those) :p:


    Safe

    Not sure why that would have been in there, but alas no swag as the mighty plasma cutter had beaten us to it

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    Round the corner, a curious archway leads to a larger passageway, which appears to be the main drag in/out of the shelter

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    As you can see the passageway was blasted, the paved walkway looking a bit sorry these days compared to the rest of the shelter

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    Once at the other end, we were now in the confines of the main shelter

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    The layout of the shelter is a grid formation, very similar to Bidston, although this place was much bigger

    We had a leisurely stroll through the various passageways and rooms which have been largely un-touched

    Only the elements and signs of slight vandalism can be found here and there

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    ^ Note the galvanised cladding used as a false ceiling, both aesthetic and also to protect against any falls from the sandstone above


    Here, sections have been removed to expose the sandstone beyond

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    Sadly, the place is an accident waiting to happen :eek:

    This fresh fall is only a few days old and it's fair to say caused by disturbances from the recent activity

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    There are a number of emergency exits from within the shelter, here an old escape shaft under Olive Mount

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    No shelter is complete without a number of lavatories, there certainly are plenty of them as up to 6,000 people needed to pay a visit

    Women

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    Men

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    There was also a canteen down here..

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    Canteen it is, although you will have to sing for your supper these days

    dish of the day - Asbestos :eek:

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    We had a look at the central control area, hidden away beyond a non descript asbestos clad door behind a toilet block

    Here the remains of the generator and ventilation gubbins, along with distro boards and other switch gear

    (also note another escape shaft, once concealed behind the 'false' ceiling)

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    And finally the main emergency exit that once led to the top of the hillside which sparked all that interest back in 2008

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    Up top, a ventilation shaft which once led to a surface building at the end of an alleyway close to Thompson Street

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    And lastly the +20m shaft looking back down from below the concrete cap

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    Sealed in 2008 of course ;)

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    Thanks to The Kwan for the heads up, Marsden, also shouts to Terry and big up the lad who fetched his mum in :thumb
     

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  2. The Kwan

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    You have Proper nailed this Ojay, lovely pictures AND you have been researching too ,good work... your overlay is superb. it was good to catch up :thumb
     
  3. Telf

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    Good stuff Ojay :thumb great report
     
  4. canute

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    Superb lighting and great report mate :cool Hope this stays off the radar a little longer
     
  5. Nickindroy

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    Looks a belter this, bleedin work getting in my way again. :(
     
  6. GAJ

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    Certainly looks better down there than Tranmere looks above ground :p:

    Good stuff :thumb
     
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    Spot on that and good to see no turds ii this report.
     
  9. Degenatron

    Degenatron 28DL Regular User
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    Brilliant report. The photos look great too. Did you light them with a hand held flash?.
     
  10. Ojay

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    No flash bending here mate, simply used a couple of different torches and some lighting technicians (bitches) I found down there :D
     
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    Now that"s what you call lighting mate :thumb

    Both done a good job down there, and bonus info as well ;)
     
  12. Lenston

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    Pretty good that mate :)
     
  13. Camera Shy

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    A nice clean Bidston. Did you ever get that D800 working ?
     
  14. Gone

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    lovely that. it's only a quick jaunt for me, should check it out.
     
  15. Ojay

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    I ended up with a new one, but I don't have any usable full frame lenses aside from a 50mm prime so it rarely gets used :(

    I will invest in some glass this year and put it to good use, just I don't fancy taking it down sewers so I might have to start derping about again
     
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