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Report - Queensbury tunnel, Bradford, February 2014 & August 2016

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  1. stranton

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    photographs 1 - 9, 18 & 20 circa February 2014
    10 - 17, 19 & 21 circa August 2016

    Queensbury tunnel, Bradford, by stranton visited solo & with @ACID- REFLUX

    The Queensbury tunnel is 2501yds long ,
    running from Clayton (north) to Holmfield (south) runs beneath Queensbury.
    The north portal is in poor condition, sealed by a 10ft palisade & razor wire
    theres 4 air shafts (all capped), air shaft no 3 being the deepest at 379ft
    theres refuges on both sides of the tunnel.
    The south portal is in acceptable condition & exits in a 1033yd long, 59ft deep cutting at strines.
    With the tunnel lying on a 1 in 100 gradient, suffering heavy water ingress &
    the cutting at strines being filled in with debris ( except the last 100 yds) acting as a dam
    the water submeges the south portal - cutting & reaches 1 / 2 mile in the tunnel.
    Theres been a pump installed towards the latter part of 2015 to rid the tunnel of water,
    as of August 2016 the tunnel is water free.
    The tunnel is in a bad way, with at least 2 major collapses.
    The tunnel opened in 1878,
    closed on 26th May 1956.
    Plans to use the tunnel as a cycleway will cost £35 million, sealing it will cost £3 million
    considering the poor condition seems the latter is the prefered option.

    north cutting
    1northcutting_zpsfa58d8d4.jpg

    north portal
    (now sealed by a 10ft palisade & razor wire)
    2northportal_zpsa90e7c58.jpg

    4_zps3584b263.jpg

    5_zps8db7098e.jpg

    air shaft no. 1
    6airshaftno1_zps26455dea.jpg

    air shaft no. 2
    9airshaftno2_zps543bc344.jpg

    water boundary
    10waterboundary_zpsa94cd01c.jpg

    11watercontinues880ydssubmergingsouthportalcuttingstrines_zpsebc7c46c.jpg

    14Redundantpanel_zps9615b23e.jpg

    the following photographs show the section of tunnel which was part or all beneath water,
    wasnt accessible on earlier visits.

    1 / 3 submerged section
    air shaft no. 3
    9_zpsgfkh75zq.jpg

    2 major collapses
    10_zpswyp0qr9u.jpg

    2 / 3s submerged section
    11_zpss7ozq0rf.jpg

    air shaft no 4
    12_zpsumkllbq5.jpg

    supporting braces
    13_zpsypl4pkqd.jpg
    completely submerged section, water will of reach the roof here
    with an @ACID- REFLUX for comparison
    14_zpsk3sjryqx.jpg

    15_zps0sq5nkzi.jpg

    16_zpsdogwe4gs.jpg

    comparison between submerged & water free parts

    south portal
    12watersubmergessouthportal_zpsd7b9456e.jpg

    19_zpssh7iyb8s.jpg

    south cutting (Strines)
    13watersubmergessouthcuttingStrines_zpsc542f96d.jpg

    SAM_2419_zpsk4csbjqz.jpg

    its worth mentioning, a pump had been installed during 2012
    but failed soon after.

    thanks
     
    #1 stranton, Aug 24, 2016
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  2. Lavino

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    Looks alright that a interesting tunnel. Wouldn't mind a look myself.. :D
     
  3. Choo Choo m8ty

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    Yep. Good stuff m8ty. Some nice pics you grabbed there. Thx for posting
     
  4. stranton

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    no worries m8ty
     
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    These have come out pretty good considering the conditions etc :thumb Some are even lit up well :D

    Nice to see the comparison pics, especially the flooded South Portal. Although i think it needs the newly revamped North Portal defences :eek: adding.

    This is my fave pic :thumb Everyone should have an @ACID- REFLUX for scaling structures like this ;) 14_zpsk3sjryqx.jpg
     
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    Bloody Hell that"s a big mouth ;)

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  7. stranton

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    I will give you a tour :D
     
  8. Oort

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    Waders or Wellies?
     
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    Palisade Boots :thumb
     
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    neither, theres no water now.
     
  11. stranton

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    certain techniques ;)
     
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    February 2014, 4ft palisade
    2northportal_zpsa90e7c58.jpg

    August 2016, 10ft palisade with razor wire
    (actually 2 black steel doors) with an @ACID- REFLUX for comparison.
    25145293062_c2f6b818b1_c.jpg
     

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    If I didnt know better I'd swear that was one of the portals at Abernant! So, is this still doable?
     
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    Nice update - amazing how much water has been pumped out of there. Cheers for posting that up - really interesting.
     
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    a pump in situ 24 / 7 365 keeps the tunnel water free,
    the stagnant water is put through a filter then returned to the beck.
     
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