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Report - Time Machine, Ramsey UK

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Zero, May 31, 2008.

  1. Zero

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    We have been sitting on this one for a while now, but due to a lack of transport we've never been able to get there. Well today was finally the day. Aided by the purple micra beast, myself Dsankt and Loops headed north in search of the Ramsey Culvert. Its most predominant feature, A triple tunneled chamber which also housed the device that once powered the clock sitting on the street above. Sadly due to the continual decrease in water flow the device became useless and places with a electrical power source.

    Before the Fens were drained Ramsey was an island, isolated and safe, ideal for the world famous abbey and center for education that was once here. In the 1850s when the London, Kings Cross to Edinburgh railway was built Holme Fen was drained, this resulted in the drop of water in Ramsey and so the 'Arches' were built. The work started in 1852 and was finished in 1854.

    During the construction problems were found with water flow during the winter of 1852. From the Clock Tower onwards it was decided to continue with three culverts, the main culvert being assisted with two side culverts. The side culverts also took sewage.

    Access was comical, almost crashing a bikers wedding to take a sneak peek at the infall and being invited for a roast dinner afterwards was just a small piece of the pie that was Ramsey. While its not the longest of culverts in the world, Time Machine starts as a fairly large, yellow brick tunnel before entering the main clock chamber and splitting into three pipes, with two minimal flow sewers feeding in from the north.

    We decided to venture down to the outfall which exited into a canal to the north of the town. After a bit of talking with the "locals" you seemed very interested in Dsankt's tales of "Huge eels" we headed back up the smaller pipe to see if there were any branches off. Well there wasn't and after a little accident with loops and his phone we were back in the clock chamber. We took a few pictures, using the wonders that is the mini fluro before heading back topside.






    A few "Historical pics" From the 1970's

    Drain Fireman


    Outfall - 1970


    Outfall - 1930


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