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Connaught Rail Tunnel, Silvertown, Sept 2010
As dicky21 said:
"Okay so i know this has been done plenty of times but I've never been down there and have always wanted to."
Reported a lot here, so background in brief:
- Connaught Rail tunnel part of the North London Line from Stratford
- Served the Royal Docks in East London
- Terminated at North Greenwich station
- Built in 1876
- Line closed in 2006
- Length is around 600meters, passing under City Airport and Victoria/Albert docks
- The middle section was redeveloped because ships in the docks above kept scraping their keels on the tunnel.
- It's currently going to be redeveloped by Crossrail
- Been used as a filming location quite a bit, eg Rocknrolla
Visited with One Flew East on our South-East London day out…
I was expecting this to be in much worse condition than it was - it was surprisingly pleasant. There were places where one side of the track was boggy, and there is quite a bit of running water down there with various drains and run offs, but it's not any particular hardship. It's a bit of a lost world down there, and nice and peaceful.
2: Looking down from up high
3: Top o' the arches
4: Bricks r pretty
5: The curves of the tunnel approaches are Connaught's most recognisable feature
6: Trains haven't run for nearly five years
7: Common haunt for artists
8: Colour splash
9: Safe harbour
10: Into the dark places
11: Having a light pee!
12: Mind the gap
13: Looking up the airshaft
14: Things are looking up
15: Shutter down, and go!
16: Arch nemesis
17: Leaving the tunnels
18: In training
19: Middle rail
20: Geometry was never as pretty at school
21: And.. lean...
22: Texture heaven
Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/badwabbit/sets/72157624817690355/