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    Default Wapping tunnel Liverpool, December 2012.


    The Wapping tunnel is 2030 yds long,
    running from Edge Hill (east) to Park Lane goods yard/Wapping Dock (west).
    Theres 5 air shafts ( 3 Imposing brick towers, 2 demolished/capped).
    The tunnel opened in 1829, closed on 15th May 1972.
    The tunnel is on a 1 in 48 gradient,
    a steam engine was installed to haul goods via rope from Park lane to Edge Hill.
    The tunnel changes in a cutting, between Jamaica Street and Upper Frederick Street to 3 short tunnels.

    Edge Hill cutting


    Wapping tunnel on left






    Smithdown Lane air shaft
    (site of Crown Street goods yard)










    Blackburne Place air shaft






    Grenville Street south air shaft


    one of two capped air shafts


    Mersey Rail Northern route crosses tunnel at this point
    the sound is awsome


    water preventing access to last 100 yds


    strange deposits


    gong


    3 short tunnels leading to Park Lane goods yard left/right are sealed (shut) with a brick wall
    (from left to right)






    the middle tunnel gives access to cutting/Wapping tunnel




    cutting, spliting of tunnels.


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    I think "imposing" is a bit understated for those air shafts . . . wonder how many living near them actually know what they were meant for. Great report on some really substantial history. Ace!
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    That turned out better than I thought. Some serious tunnels there would loved to have seen them in use.
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    Hells teeth! That's quite an impressive tunnel. Shame the tops of the air shafts are so high as an absiel in would be awesome fun!
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    Good stuff mate,had a little nosey around here myself recently,tis interesting.......

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    tis very interesting this good work

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    The air shafts are amazing,great report.

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    Wicked Black, absolutely wicked.!!! I adore railway porn this good, and tunnel are my favourite. I may have to dissappear to the toilet in a minute!!!:)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hendreforgan View Post
    I think "imposing" is a bit understated for those air shafts . . . wonder how many living near them actually know what they were meant for.
    Sorry if a silly question, but what are they meant for :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrDan View Post
    Sorry if a silly question, but what are they meant for :/
    vertical air shafts, ventilating the tunnel.

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