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Report - River Rea - Birmingham - May 2015

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by TheVicar, May 25, 2015.

  1. TheVicar

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    Birmingham's River Rea doesn't appear to attract many visitors other than graffiti artists and heroin addicts (needles embedded in the seals between RCP sections) and whilst I'd been meaning to have look down there for the last 4 years or so, I just never got round to it and forgot about it.

    However, the thought of it entered my mind again a month or so ago and with the better weather I decided to meet up with concreteJungle and check it out.

    Like most culverts and drains, it's the sort of place you could spend all day investigating side tunnels and taking photos but we didn't have quite that long to spend.

    The section we explored was between Highgate and Duddeston Mill which is where the vast majority of the interesting bits are:

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    It was just downstream from this more unusual piece of debris (which was still connected to the factory above) that a long stoopy box culvert joined the Rea which eventually led to 'Snot Jerusalem.


    Further on at Floodgate Street there is a pedestrian footbridge across the river, under the railway bridge:

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    Down by Montague Street the river passes below another railway bridge before entering the longest culverted section during its course:

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  2. Snake Oil

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    Liking this, those side pipes do look inviting :)
     
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  3. concreteJungle

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    Nice photos man, was a good days walk down that stretch.

    I can't quite believe the needle pipe, despite it looking full of large diameter sewery potential the urge to explore it was killed by those pointy gatekeepers.

    Birmingham needs a dedicated drainer on this, there were so many of those wooden flaps that deserve more attention.
     
  4. Miss Mayhem

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    Very nice, looks lovely,
    Cheers for sharing :thumb
     
  5. Lancashire lad

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    now this is a drain id like to get to grips with looks great
     
  6. huey

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    Nice report and cracking pics, looking good.
     
  7. The Shepshed Diamondback

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    at the start of the pics I thought it looked but wow I love the look of the inside, great job.
     
  8. Adders

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    @turkey, fancy a trip down here? :rolleyes:
     
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  9. Ojay

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    ^ haha

    We would have pulled more of it off if it wasn't for exceptional circumstances..

    Good work gents, and some decent pics, sadly we only have video and front page news :D
     
  10. TheVicar

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    Thanks everyone! It's well worth a visit if you are local or passing by Brum :thumb
     
  11. Punk

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    Very nice :thumb Love the underground section
     
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