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Report - Processor Drain, Manchester - 13/02/08

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by TheVicar, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. TheVicar

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    I'd been looking forward to doing this drain for a while.
    I was a bit rushed for time so I didn't get as many photos as I could, but will return at some point and do this drain again as it was excellent! :D

    The infall to this drain is protected by a large grille which covered in flood debris, however there is enough room to climb under.
    The flow of the brook was quite gentle, but after about 30 metres in the water gets deep as it is backed up behind rubble which makes it a bit of a pain.

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    The drain is about 1.75 miles long and is very slippy! Due to not having all day to do this, I travelled about two thirds down before getting the old camera and tripod out.

    The drain has many different structure techniques throughout as it was not this length when it was originally constructed. Not too far into the drain the nice brickwork gives way to a concrete box section which is a bit boring, but I found was quite easy to make progress through.

    I liked this section with its Iron oxide and calcium formations.

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    Further down, the brickwork was quite clean and in excellent condition.

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    These pictures show the entrance to the room which houses the Processor.

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    The processor itself and the sewer below.

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    Further down the drain, there is a long boring section of RCP which seems to go on for ever before the brick returns.

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    Finally the warm sunshine appears and its a nice 14c outside.

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    The outfall is a bit worse for wear, but this thing is about 100 years old!

    This picture from Manchester Image Library shows the outfall back in 1910.

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