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Tankman
19-06-2010, 06:00 PM
Back in April, myself and Kingrat, found ourselves up in Liverpool on an SB tour of the Williamson Tunnels:thumb Built for no apparent reason at all by some philanthropist! If you like tunnels you will love this place:lol:
The tunnels are built on top of one another and are a bit of a labyrinth, the full scale of which is still to be discovered:confused: As usual with an SB tour we got to go to the parts the public don't see:thumb
For a full story of the tunnels see here:
http://www.williamsontunnels.com/intro.htm

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Most of the tunnels were backfilled over the years and are slowly being rediscovered by volunteers literally "Hand balling" buckets of infill up to the surface:ohmy

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A tunnel built over a tunnel:confused: The brickwork was done very professionally:thumb Most of the people who dug these tunnels went on to become expert tunnellers for the expanding railways.

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Artifacts recovered during the excavation of the tunnels. They rest on a lower tunnel roof!

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A lone dummy miner:lol:

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Access is very restricted by height and one had to crawl in places:)

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Plant roots from the gardens above try in vain to search for water in this underground labyrinth:thumb

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Another discovered tunnel that leads off somewhere:confused: The strange thing about most of the tunnels is that they were built to the size of a railway tunnel? even more bizarre:confused:

Mickle
20-06-2010, 11:30 PM
Great Pics really like No 2) Tunnel on a Tunnel, 7) Roots searching for water.

I really wanna see these tunnels for myself, going to have to get my butt down the road to Liverpool to go on this trip.
How many times a week does it go, & how much is it ??

rooster
22-06-2010, 12:40 AM
Great Pics really like No 2) Tunnel on a Tunnel, 7) Roots searching for water.

I really wanna see these tunnels for myself, going to have to get my butt down the road to Liverpool to go on this trip.
How many times a week does it go, & how much is it ??


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nickweb
22-06-2010, 11:35 AM
I was actually looking at the mersy tunnel tours yesterday and looked at the williamson tunnels too. I think an SB tour is a special one not normally open to the public :(

I wouldnt mind going for a gander too, maybe we could do a group visit sometime?