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Report - Box Factory Drain, Manchester - Feb 2011.

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Ojay, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. Ojay

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    Box Factory Drain, Manchester.

    First discovered back in 2009, it went like this..


    That was then this is now....Fast forward nearly 2 years and I really needed to get back into drains, so I decided something simple to ease me back underground

    It's essentially a 2 bore concrete box which carries the River Irk underneath a number of buildings, including a Bus Station, Shopping Centre and Factory

    The 2 larger bores split and meet at the Infall, reducing in size towards the opposite end, on the Right hand side the concrete box opens up into the 'Great Hall' a short distance from the Infall

    On the Left hand side there are 2 CSO's and 2 Surface Water drains connecting, my foot wasn't up to stooping any of these, so may return at a later date

    The Infall is inside a LIVE Gas Pumping Station, so didn't hang around too long there before making my way back

    I happened to be passing here today and as I had all the gear in the car I thought I would try my luck, My wad0rZ had that distinct smell of turds that I haven't experienced for over 3 months now, this was going to be interesting, not nearly as interesting as the struggle I had getting the fuckers on with my injured foot :eek:

    Deploy the Crip Stix. I hobbled down to the Outfall hoping the levels would be a lot lower than when I last came here in the wellies and had to abort, my luck was in

    As I stepped into the water I got my first whiff of 'fresh' for quite some time, with the biggest grin on my face I stepped forward only to start sinking into god only knows what, this was grim, and as I started to lose my balance one of the crip stix raced up the Irk :eek:

    After 5 minutes of dicking around I was on my way. Walking up-stream of the Irk wasn't easy, after the sinking shite, it was then rocky as fook for about 50 yards before it changed to slippy concrete and was fairly fast flowing at around 2 foot deep with the recent bad weather :eek:

    Wad0r fail occured almost immediatley as I had managed to put on the wrong ones FFS :banghead

    Lurking in your Irk...

    Deep Water... Well 6ft of silted shite before you get going


    Concrete Box



    Twins, actually 2 Surface water connecting drains




    Infall Approach, Left hand bore


    The Great Hall


    River Irk, flowing through Gas Pumping Station


    the Infall


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