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Report - Victoria/Waterloo tunnels Liverpool, November 2012.

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by stranton, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. stranton

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    The Victoria tunnel is 2475 Metres long,
    running from Edge Hill to Byrom Street.
    Theres 5 air shafts, 4 Vertical (one capped) and 1 Horizontal.
    The Waterloo tunnel is 862 metres long,
    running from Fontenoy Street to Liverpool docks.
    Theres no air shafts.
    Theres a 100 metre cutting (retaining walls) betweeen the 2 tunnels, with an arch bridge across the middle.
    The tunnels opened in 1849, closed on 19th November 1972.
    The north end of the route was cable hauling, until 1895.

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    Here's the cutting in 1864:

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    Not so stupid 'cause it's a bit complicated around pics 1-3. Here's a graphic that shows the area today in Google Earth, and a map that shows how it was in the early '60s:

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    Blue line is pic 3 and is the west portal of Waterloo Tunnel.
    Green line is pic 2 and is a viaduct under-arch.
    Red line is pic 1; the other end of that under-arch.

    So, Pic 1 is not the tunnel entrance as you have assumed. But your question is still valid when applied to pic 3, the actual portal.

    The '60s map shows a viaduct just to the left of the portal. That's gone. I can believe it was blown up, and the pieces bulldozed around, so raising the area to the level that we see today.
     
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