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Report - Connaught Rail Tunnel, Silvertown, Sept 2010

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by badwabbit, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. badwabbit

    badwabbit 28DL Full Member
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    Connaught Rail Tunnel, Silvertown, Sept 2010

    As dicky21 said:
    "Okay so i know this has been done plenty of times but I've never been down there and have always wanted to."

    Reported a lot here, so background in brief:
    - Connaught Rail tunnel part of the North London Line from Stratford
    - Served the Royal Docks in East London
    - Terminated at North Greenwich station
    - Built in 1876
    - Line closed in 2006
    - Length is around 600meters, passing under City Airport and Victoria/Albert docks
    - The middle section was redeveloped because ships in the docks above kept scraping their keels on the tunnel.
    - It's currently going to be redeveloped by Crossrail
    - Been used as a filming location quite a bit, eg Rocknrolla

    Visited with One Flew East on our South-East London day out…

    I was expecting this to be in much worse condition than it was - it was surprisingly pleasant. There were places where one side of the track was boggy, and there is quite a bit of running water down there with various drains and run offs, but it's not any particular hardship. It's a bit of a lost world down there, and nice and peaceful.

    The Pics

    2: Looking down from up high

    3: Top o' the arches

    4: Bricks r pretty

    5: The curves of the tunnel approaches are Connaught's most recognisable feature

    6: Trains haven't run for nearly five years

    7: Common haunt for artists

    8: Colour splash

    9: Safe harbour

    10: Into the dark places

    11: Having a light pee! ;)

    12: Mind the gap

    13: Looking up the airshaft

    14: Things are looking up

    15: Shutter down, and go!

    16: Arch nemesis

    17: Leaving the tunnels

    18: In training

    19: Middle rail

    20: Geometry was never as pretty at school

    21: And.. lean...

    22: Texture heaven

    23: Signage

    24: Bye!

    Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/badwabbit/sets/72157624817690355/

    Cheers ;)
    #1 badwabbit, Sep 13, 2010
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2010

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