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

Dingle

Dockers Umbrella
Regular User
#1
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


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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
 
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Choo Choo m8ty

Mr Reality Hacker
Regular User
#3
Yep. Good stuff m8ty. Some nice pics you grabbed there. Thx for posting
 

ACID- REFLUX

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#5
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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Oort

The Spice Must Flow.
Regular User
#13
If I didnt know better I'd swear that was one of the portals at Abernant! So, is this still doable?
 

Mutagen

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#14
Nice update - amazing how much water has been pumped out of there. Cheers for posting that up - really interesting.
 

Dingle

Dockers Umbrella
Regular User
#15
Nice update - amazing how much water has been pumped out of there. Cheers for posting that up - really interesting.
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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