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Report - Aberdeen Darkie & The Hole Burn, Aberdeen, Scotland.



siologen

I Go Where The Drains Are
Regular User
#1
This is two trips worth. Both drains are very tidal.
The second trip i caved n booked a hotel, doing one at the 8pm Sunday Low Tide, the other at the 9am Monday Low Tide.


Aberdeen Darkie is the final mile long culvert into wich flows Den Burn and Gilcomston Burn. I call it 'Aberdeen Darkie' after Australian naming conventions whereby a very centralised system earns the name of the City and is called 'Darkie' cos its dark. Its oldest sections were built in 1863 in conjuction with Aberdeen Harbour.

The Hole Burn is the combined flow of the two Ravislaw Burn Inlets. Its 3800m, but i only traversed the lower 1700m cos its all tiny upstream. The oldest sections are from 1870.

Aberdeen Infall. Complete with Flow Sensors, a huge LED Floodlight (to top left) and a dome camera behind me :)

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200m down, the small right side inlet is Gilcomston Burn.


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Bridge Chamber just D/S, looking D/S, after a week of rain.


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Same Chamber, looking U/S, during normal flow.


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Main Tunnel, Normal Flow.

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The 'New Bit' Tunnel shrinks and dives under the B986. This is a 300m long concrete section thats 4'8ft tall.
Cunts.
Would loved to have seen what this dirty stoopy concrete shit replaced.

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After Recovery (of my spine). Under Aberdeen Central Station.

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The 1863 section. Built when Aberdeen Harbour was created.

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Last Bend, Example One.
The tunnel is entirely blackened by tide scum here


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Last Bend, Example Two.
Cast Iron Poo Pipe and a million tiny white barnacles.


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Outfall, looking out under Aberdeen Harbour Apron, 0923am.


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Outfall, looking upstream.

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Under Aberdeen Upper Harbour. Drain Outfall, is behind to the left.
In the Harbour are lots of Oil Rig Support Ships with names like 'Grampian Sovereign'.
Tunnel is almost exactly one mile long.


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The HOLE BURN Outfall.


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Nice Underpass section.

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Main 1870 Tunnel. Its barely 7ft tall.

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About 1400m upstream.

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Another nice underpass.

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This is about 1700m up. Whole system is around 3900m long. After this it shrinks to 4ft, and the two infalls are both tiny. One is in the front yard of a Scottish Oil Barons Mansion, so FTS.

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Most of these pics depict Aberdeen after a full weeks rain. The very fact i didnt drown is testament to how light Scottish rain is. Its also reason to be grateful for these nice old, decent sized tunnels.
So many old OS maps to keep looking through.
 

The Lone Ranger

Safety is paramount!
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#2
Spot on :thumb
I wondered when some Aberdeen drains would appear, there are a lot of them. Been down a couple, but as I'm usually stuck in Aberdoom due to bad weather only really scrapped the surface.
 

siologen

I Go Where The Drains Are
Regular User
#3
Yeah fully. I saw a few pics of the upper reaches from someone on Flickr a few years back. Theres some nasty short stoop sections, n i had little faith until it opened out to big old stuff in the last half mile.
 
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The Lone Ranger

Safety is paramount!
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#4
Yeah fully. I saw a few pics of the upper reaches from someone on Flickr a few years back. Theres some nasty short stoop sections, n i had little faith until it opened out to big old stuff in the last half mile.
I'll see if I can find some of mine, they are from non-tidal ones more into the city.
 

Polominto73

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#6
Good stuff .think the harbour one was cleaned up a while back due to contamination from some shithole tanker leaking . really like the engineering that went into the construction of these tunnels.cracking report and pics
 

tallginge

more tall than ginger tho.....
Regular User
#9
Scottish drains look sick! And a decent length too. Nice report. Love the backlighting shotz and under the harbour
 

Pammyj

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#10
Brilliant set, you make drains look fun, maybe I need to stop being a big girls blouse and give drains a go hahaha!
 
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