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Report - Langton Dock Branch Line Tunnel (Half Miley),Liverpool July 12

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by kevsy21, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. kevsy21

    kevsy21 28DL Regular User
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    The Langton Branch Line was built in 1885 by the Midland Railway. This branch went from the Cheshire Lines Committee's North Liverpool Extension Line at Fazakerley Junction to Langton Goods station, with a spur to North Mersey Goods. A second short spur, the Linacre Gas Works Branch, which was added later, ran from the Langton Branch Junction.
    It was taken out of service 26 April 1968 and the lines were removed by August 1969. The line from Langton Goods to North Mersey Goods was used until July 1970.
    The 2 Portal tunnels known locally as "Half Miley" runs under marsh lane and the Leeds Liverpool canal then headed under strand road to bootle new strand station.
    The exit portal is now filled to ground level and some sort of park area now stands there.

    Visited With Georgie

    This had been on the list a long time and im pleased to have finally done it but it was not without a few initial dissappointments.
    First one was getting to the top of the bank that leads down to the portal,only to really dense undergrowth,a machete would have come in handy as it was like the Amazon Rainforest.:).
    As Georgie said it was my "Bear Grylls" moment fighting a path through for us.After getting to the portal we were disappointed to find it fenced off.(Bollocks).



    After overcoming the setbacks we were finally in.

    The Tunnel is full of deep mud and water

    There was various access points between the 2 Tunnels.


    Heading towards the daylight in the distance we can across this walkway cutting across the tunnels.Apparently it was used by the workers to access the Gas Works.
    (Georgie stood under it).







    Victory salute from Georgie after we got out

    It was a real privilege to visit this place but with a new camera id bought the day before it was a baptism of fire getting decent pics underground.​

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