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Report - The Egg's End, Finally

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Zero, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. Zero

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    God this drain was turning out to be a bit of a curse. We had two pitiful attempts to get in here only succeeding on the third. Well last night we finally got it done, and although it was small trip it turned out to be a good night out.

    So the Egg's End. The last tip of the relief tunnel known as the Egg which runs through the Westbourne network and starts in the Tyburn. The two can be reached through each other if you don't mind squeezing through a parcel sized hole of wetty wetness.

    I met Dsankt at Victoria once more after trying one of the new spicy pepper burgers at BK which didn't do me too good. We headed over to our access point and after a brief look at the current state of affairs we kitted up and headed down. We emerged in a large brick chamber which fed the water flow down into the Thames. We decided to walk to the top of the tunnel and photograph our way back.

    So off we went. This section of the tunnel didnt have many junctions or connecting pipes and the few that existed had been bricked up or were blocked with large wooden planks. A bit further on we saw our first experience of how damaging nature was to water utilities. Due to a park above several tree roots had worked there way down and through the brickwork, in some cases splitting the pipe in two. Large cracks and loose brick in the walls made the structure feel a little unsafe so we continued on.

    Before long the water level receded and became nothing more then a trickle. A bit further up i shone my torch down to see a sewer crab!. Woo. As soon as the light hit him he set sail and floated off down the pipe. A bit further on another crab, and another, and another, and another. There were hundreds and all seemed to be missing limbs apart from the select few which were huge. It became a bit annoying as we had to make sure we didn't step on the things.

    We eventually came to the end junction and we lifted a tiny viewing flap to the Egg section. Ds let out a sign and wanted to continue, but alas without getting wet it wouldn't be possible so we set up cameras and started photographing.

    We headed back and since i had seen it on a previous trip i wanted to photograph the outfall so we headed down onto the Thames riverbank. Thankfully the tide was out so we had no problems there, but unfortunately due to the tide submerging the entire section during high tide the silt that had collected there was knee deep.

    After a bit of time messing around with different angles we started packing up when we heard a siren come towards us in the distance. We thought nothing of it until it stopped directly above us. We headed into cover and waited a few minutes to see if anyone came, then we made a hasty exit back to the roadside to see a cop car parked by the stairwell to the bank, lights flashing. We packed away asap and headed back to the station.

    Job Done!.

    My pics. couldn't be bothered doing normal tunnel pics as i got loads of them now so i just photoed the northern feature.






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