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Report - Wapping tunnel, Liverpool, August 2015

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by stranton, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. stranton

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    Alot of changes since I last visited in December 2012,
    the walkway leading too the tunnel, now resembles a jungle.
    The 2 feet of water beneath Grenville street air shaft, now 4 foot of water.
    Managing the full tunnel this time wellingtons verses waders? I rest my case.
    This is definitley my favourite tunnel, We spent 5 - 6 hrs in here
    even though once you reach the exit at Kings Dock street its a long return through the tunnel too Edge Hill.
    Thanks too reflux for lighting on some of the shots.

    Wapping tunnel by stranton, visited with @ACID- REFLUX .

    The Wapping tunnel is 2112 yds long,
    running from Edge Hill (east) to Wapping Dock (west) runs beneath south Liverpool.
    The east portal lies along a steep cutting with heavy vegetation,
    theres 3 air shafts consisting of imposing brick towers & 2 demolished / capped
    theres refuges on both sides of the tunnel criss crossing one another
    the west portal lies in a retaining wall.
    The tunnel opened in 1829, closed on 15th May 1972.
    The tunnel lies on a 1 in 48 gradient, from east to west.
    A steam engine was installed to haul wagons via rope from the docks too Edge Hill,
    gravity was used in the opposite direction.
    The tunnel exits in a 40 yrd cutting, between Jamaica street & Frederick street
    then re enters as 3 short tunnels.
    The middle of which continues too Kings Dock street, while the 2 side tunnels are filled with debris.

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    Smithdown lane air shaft
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    Blackburne place air shaft
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    MerseyRail crosses the wapping tunnel at 45%, on this concrete bridge
    also in an identical brick arch tunnel.
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    because of the steep gradient & the tunnel being part filled with debris,
    theres 100yds of water each side of Grenville street south air shaft been 2 too 4 feet deep in parts.

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    cutting & 3 tunnels
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    west portal
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    Gong, (2 of these one at each side of the tunnel towards Edge Hill and Wapping dock).
    152 chains, ( 1 chain is 66 feet or 22 yards).
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    seldom used head shunt
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    thanks
    stranton will return with processor
     
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  2. Paradox

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    that looks a really good explore Stranton
     
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    Good stuff m8ty While you was doing this i was catching the sun waiting on you lol. Worth it though good stuff.
     
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    Come out okay that mate :thumb

    I can see which shots i lit up anyway ;)

    Question.............If it"s up to 7FT deep how did you manage to walk through it ? :confused:

    And thanks for the exercise of carrying waders a mile plus then chucking the things away later :banghead;)
     
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    bloody freezing in tunnel esp the water
     
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    answer: correction between 2 & 4 feet
     
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    Your welcame, :D
    besides they were leaking.
     
  9. stranton

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    thanks folks
     
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    I know i was stood in it for 45 mins while you pissed about at the other end in the sunshine :banghead
     
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    Nice one. Myself and @MaybeNot1330 got stuck at the Kings Dock end by the water and the Jamaica street junction is a bugger to shoot in the dark; too much sodium.
     
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    I was photographing tunnel, wasnt much to see tho.
     
  13. stranton

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    that parts locked & the waters chest deep,
    so its a very long return walk to edge Hill.
     
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    thanks folks
     
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