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Krakenslayer

The Kelvingrove Tunnel - now accessible

The Kelvingrove Tunnel (once part of the same Central Glasgow Railway line as the Botanics Station and Kirklee/Kelvinbridge tunnel), which is normally rendered impenetrable due to a steel gate and a heavy duty padlock, is currently accessible, thanks to some cad with a crowbar bending back one of the bars.

Here's a video I made of my explorations therein, fascinating I'm sure you'll agree:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHd2HPFvQIE
fastnet

Ohhhhhhhhhhh........That is proper spooky.

Great wee vid.....  
James

Aye, nice video. Of course, we wouldn't want to encourage trespassing of any sort...




James H
Krakenslayer

james73 wrote:
Aye, nice video. Of course, we wouldn't want to encourage trespassing of any sort...




James H


We didn't break the gate; my mate noticed it was damaged while walking along the Kelvin with his girlfriend, so he came to tell me and I grabbed my camera. There were no signs or warnings to "keep out", and no one there to tell us to leave, so I'd assume this comes under the good old Scottish "right to roam".

Krakenslayer

fastnet wrote:
Ohhhhhhhhhhh........That is proper spooky.

Great wee vid.....  


Cheers man. Gonna do a similar one for the Botanics Station soon, and maybe Lennox Castle Hospital at some point too, if it's still possible.
Stuball

Just be careful and mindful that there has been road strengthening works going on in the tunnels
Krakenslayer

Stuball wrote:
Just be careful and mindful that there has been road strengthening works going on in the tunnels


Duly noted, matey, cheers.  

I did notice the other week there were some workies drilling at the side of Great Western Road, and climbing in and out of a hole in the ground right above where the Botanics station is.
Stuball

yeah, thats the temporary ladders to take them down to the tunnel
Stuball

oh.. btw... you wont get ticks from that crop.... cause there is no deer down there
kev

Bits of the vid at the start would not be out of place on the film ALIENS..good stuff
Krakenslayer

kev9 wrote:
Bits of the vid at the start would not be out of place on the film ALIENS..good stuff


Haha, yeah, I was thinking that when I was down there. I was half expecting to find a half-dead woman cocooned into the limestone formations.
Fjord

Nice vid mate but I enjoyed your Fallout3 one even more... Kaboooooom! look at them bodies fly!! LoLz
Krakenslayer

Fjord wrote:
Nice vid mate but I enjoyed your Fallout3 one even more... Kaboooooom! look at them bodies fly!! LoLz


Haha, thanks for watching, man.  
Jock58

Hi Krakenslayer

Yet again when you think UG can't get any better,
something like this pops up.
Thanks for sharing the adventure.

Jock58
Krakenslayer

Jock58 wrote:
Hi Krakenslayer

Yet again when you think UG can't get any better,
something like this pops up.
Thanks for sharing the adventure.

Jock58


Wow, thanks Jock!!

As I say, I'm gonna do some more vids in the same style over the next few months, so if anyone has any recommendations or advice regarding any other cool locations, let me know.  
Stuball

I know a few locations
Krakenslayer

Stuball wrote:
I know a few locations


I'm loving the underground Greenock pics on your Flicker page! Was the tunnel full of hardcore 'nock jackies? Or would I be likely to get through it without a doin'?

Also, does anyone know, is Lennox Castle still UrbExible? I'm sure I heard they were gonna do something with the site.
Stuball

Nobody at all in the Greenock tunnel.... totally void of life.

As for Lennox castle, I was there today... forget it
John

Stuball wrote:
Nobody at all in the Greenock tunnel.... totally void of life.


I`ve been a few times recently and as Stu says it`s ned/junkie free
27stowst

Excellent stuff Krakenslayer. Very Atmospheric.        
John

Oopps    Forgot to say...Cracking vid mate  
Krakenslayer

Cheers guys!  

Got a new tripod and wide-angle lens for my camcorder arriving during the week so might take 'em for a spin down the Botanics Station next weekend. If I do, I'll post the vid on here (although I'm sure any Glasgow-based urban explorer worth his salt has already been down there...).
Lone Groover

I'll join in with praise for the scary vid.

You have some bottle !
evenstar

Alas the tunnel is not accessible now :'-(
Krakenslayer

evenstar wrote:
Alas the tunnel is not accessible now :'-(


Buggery! I was hoping to go back there soon.

Thanks for all the positive comments guys. My next project is to get into the Yorkhill tunnel (near the Transport Museum), but it's going to need to wait until I can afford the equipment; the only way down is through the ventilation shafts as the entrance is definitively sealed, so I'm saving up to buy a caving ladder. Dangerous, I know, but should be worth it.
orion83uk

Krakenslayer wrote:
...the only way down is through the ventilation shafts as the entrance is definitively sealed...


Where is the ventilation shaft?
Krakenslayer

orion83uk wrote:
Krakenslayer wrote:
...the only way down is through the ventilation shafts as the entrance is definitively sealed...


Where is the ventilation shaft?


Inside the grounds of the yorkhill hospital - go in the big steel gate on old dumbarton road, turn left, straight ahead are some bushes and some railings. The shafts are hidden behind the railings, right next to the big high concrete wall.
Stuball

Its not really a shaft as such... its just that theres a bridge before the tunnel creating a void space
orion83uk

Krakenslayer wrote:
orion83uk wrote:
Krakenslayer wrote:
...the only way down is through the ventilation shafts as the entrance is definitively sealed...


Where is the ventilation shaft?


Inside the grounds of the yorkhill hospital - go in the big steel gate on old dumbarton road, turn left, straight ahead are some bushes and some railings. The shafts are hidden behind the railings, right next to the big high concrete wall.


I know exactly where your meaning. And yeah it is more of a void space between what is actually the tunnel and the bridge carrying Old D. Road.

Let us know if your successful! Get loads of pics!
Krakenslayer

Stuball wrote:
Its not really a shaft as such... its just that theres a bridge before the tunnel creating a void space


Yeah, that's right! I couldn't think of the correct term, the closest thing I could liken it to is the vents above the botanics station, with the same kind of girders and buttresses around the top of it. But yeah, it just looks like a gap where the walled-in line is open to the sky for a short space before going underground. It is cut out about a dozen or so yards below the surrounding ground level though, so there's quite a deep drop to get down there, definitely a leg-breaker if you're not careful.
jonno22

Hi all. Myself and friends ahve visited the Kelvingrove Tunnel. You and your pal David, one word for the video, SUPERB. I tpyed Kelvingrove Tunnel into youtube expecting to find nout and I found your video, superb!!!!. I was down taking photographs which were on my sire but unfortunately that had been hacked into so I am the middle of reinstating / adding galleries to the site at present. I have visited the Yorkhill Tunnel vent also just down from the carpark for Yorkhill Childrens' Hospital. I visited the area about 8 O'clock at night with a freind and there was this odd man who was walking down to the western portal from the road as we were walking up the road from the portal to the air vent via the carpark at Yorkhill Hospital. We turned our back for one sec and turned around again and the guy vanished which we found very wierd. We arrived at the air vent and I went down on the pillars and I could hear footsteps for sure and so could my friend so that has gave me doubts about trying to access this tunnel, bearing in mind the eastern portal to the tunnel is filled in inside the live tunnel at Exhibition Centre so when you are in there you need to hope no one is at your back. A good group needed for Yorkhill definitely. Kelvingrove is sacary but no sign of life apart from tennants lager cans and irn bru cans which date back to 1994!!!

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk

Railway and Freelance Photographer

www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net
orion83uk

Krakenslayer wrote:
Stuball wrote:
Its not really a shaft as such... its just that theres a bridge before the tunnel creating a void space


Yeah, that's right! I couldn't think of the correct term, the closest thing I could liken it to is the vents above the botanics station, with the same kind of girders and buttresses around the top of it. But yeah, it just looks like a gap where the walled-in line is open to the sky for a short space before going underground. It is cut out about a dozen or so yards below the surrounding ground level though, so there's quite a deep drop to get down there, definitely a leg-breaker if you're not careful.


Got this photo today whilst out and about:

jonno22

that stick still there lol

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk

Railway and Freelance Photographer

www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net
orion83uk

jonno22 wrote:
that stick still there lol

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk

Railway and Freelance Photographer

www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net


Cheers Jonathan. Had a look at your website by the way. Some excellent photography mate.
jonno22

Cheers:). Yorkhill Tunnel eh? If only someone could go in and also have the courage to go inside for a wander and to take some photographs along the way........hmmmmmmmmm. Who would be mad enough to do such a thing like that?........:P Keep checking back in a few weeks peeps;)

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk

Railway and Freelance Photographer

www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net
Stuball

I wouldnt think twice about doing it but the locks are too good and I'm not about to go abseiling
jonno22

I'm not absailing down either;)

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk

Railway and Freelance Photographer

www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net
orion83uk

Stuball wrote:
I wouldnt think twice about doing it but the locks are too good and I'm not about to go abseiling


Yeah its like I said on another thread. The fencing put in place at this tunnel entrance could put a prison to shame.

This might sound like a rediculous idea, but do you think its possible to gain permission to have a look in some of these tunnels? I mean, as we have seen recently from the Botannics/Great Western Road tunnels, they are still accessed on occasion (by what I assume is Network Rail) for checking. Has anyone ever tried going down that route?
jonno22

I know people who want to go down that road. I see it as a waste of time because the answer will clearly be no due to the condition some of these tunnels are actually in. London Road, Kelvinbridge and Kelvingrove Tunnels being the worst for me I would say in terms of flooding. Kelvindale is a good one. You can just walk straight through it. Worth a try I suppsose but like I say, i would suspect the answer to be a no - no. Botanic Gardens was good today btw:P Pics to follow tomorrow. I'm shattered

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk

Railway and Freelance Photographer

www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net
Craig

orion83uk wrote:
Stuball wrote:
I wouldnt think twice about doing it but the locks are too good and I'm not about to go abseiling


Yeah its like I said on another thread. The fencing put in place at this tunnel entrance could put a prison to shame.

This might sound like a rediculous idea, but do you think its possible to gain permission to have a look in some of these tunnels? I mean, as we have seen recently from the Botannics/Great Western Road tunnels, they are still accessed on occasion (by what I assume is Network Rail) for checking. Has anyone ever tried going down that route?


The disused ones aren't checked by Network Rail, they mostly still belong to BRB (British Railways Board) Residuary who are responsible for the inspection, upkeep and security of them.

Cheers

Craig
norrie

I enjoyed that trip down the tunnel, I had wondered what they were like, now I know.
I noticed a few months ago that there were large tyres marks in the Aits vents at botanic gardens, anyone know what was going on.
Bye for now, norrie
Stuball

Strengthening works on the tunnel walls for the road above
norrie

Hi stuball thanks for the info.
Bye for now, norrie
Krakenslayer

jonno22 wrote:
Hi all. Myself and friends ahve visited the Kelvingrove Tunnel. You and your pal David, one word for the video, SUPERB. I tpyed Kelvingrove Tunnel into youtube expecting to find nout and I found your video, superb!!!!. I was down taking photographs which were on my sire but unfortunately that had been hacked into so I am the middle of reinstating / adding galleries to the site at present. I have visited the Yorkhill Tunnel vent also just down from the carpark for Yorkhill Childrens' Hospital. I visited the area about 8 O'clock at night with a freind and there was this odd man who was walking down to the western portal from the road as we were walking up the road from the portal to the air vent via the carpark at Yorkhill Hospital. We turned our back for one sec and turned around again and the guy vanished which we found very wierd. We arrived at the air vent and I went down on the pillars and I could hear footsteps for sure and so could my friend so that has gave me doubts about trying to access this tunnel, bearing in mind the eastern portal to the tunnel is filled in inside the live tunnel at Exhibition Centre so when you are in there you need to hope no one is at your back. A good group needed for Yorkhill definitely. Kelvingrove is sacary but no sign of life apart from tennants lager cans and irn bru cans which date back to 1994!!!

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk

Railway and Freelance Photographer

www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net


Thanks man! Yeah, I'd want to take more than two people if I was going down into the Yorkhill tunnel, even if only for the safety element - you want more than one person to hand if you break your back going down.  

I doubt there're any tramps or anything living down there, purely because it's so difficult to get in out of. Is it possible that the footsteps you heard were drops of water falling into a puddle inside the tunnel? You know how when it echoes around the tunnel it can sound a lot louder and more "solid" than you'd expect.

That said - there are a gang of middle-aged boozers that hang out on the adjoining bridge from time to time. I've bumped into them a few times when I've been exploring and they're mostly harmless - only interesting in fishing (illegally) in the Kelvin and drinking Special Brew.
jonno22

Check your PM;)

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk

Railway and Freelance Photographer

www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net
Stuball

jonno22 wrote:

Railway and Freelance Photographer

www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net


You know you could put that bit in a signature, saving you having to type it each time :)
jonno22

I know lol. I'm that used to tpying it that often lol. I will add it to the signature when I get fed up of typing it all the time. I don't even know i'm doing it, forve of habbit haha.

Best Regards

Jonathan McGurk

Railway and Freelance Photographer

www.jonathanmcgurk.fotopic.net
nightfly

Photo from sunday 04.07.10

orion83uk wrote:
Krakenslayer wrote:
Stuball wrote:
Its not really a shaft as such... its just that theres a bridge before the tunnel creating a void space


Yeah, that's right! I couldn't think of the correct term, the closest thing I could liken it to is the vents above the botanics station, with the same kind of girders and buttresses around the top of it. But yeah, it just looks like a gap where the walled-in line is open to the sky for a short space before going underground. It is cut out about a dozen or so yards below the surrounding ground level though, so there's quite a deep drop to get down there, definitely a leg-breaker if you're not careful.


Got this photo today whilst out and about:





Photo from sunday 04.07.10
andymarshall007

Kelvingrove botanic gardens tunnels

Hi All, i have recently been looking at the tunnels under kelvingrove and botanic gardens and have decided to explore them with a friend this weekend, only problem is i have no idea where exactly to go to get to the entrance of these tunnels any help would be appreciated (will upload any decent pictures if i get some)
Thanks
Krakenslayer

Re: Kelvingrove botanic gardens tunnels

andymarshall007 wrote:
Hi All, i have recently been looking at the tunnels under kelvingrove and botanic gardens and have decided to explore them with a friend this weekend, only problem is i have no idea where exactly to go to get to the entrance of these tunnels any help would be appreciated (will upload any decent pictures if i get some)
Thanks


Loong time since I posted on here...

Here's a couple of screens from Google maps that should help you get your bearings:



The Kelvingrove tunnel is accessible (I use the term loosely) at point "X", above. The quickest way to get there is to go to Kelvinbridge Underground station, cross the small park on the path skirting the river. You will come to a stairway leading up onto the street above, the entrance to the tunnel is clearly visible from here. It's closed up with a massive steel gate, but sometimes the padlock is broken off and/or bars missing.

Point "Y" is one of the two entrances to the Botanics tunnel. There is a massive metal door but sometimes it is left open (and often there are workmen or BRB Residuary inspectors working in the tunnel, who probably won't appreciate you wandering into the middle of their workplace, so give it a wide berth if you hear any drilling, hammering or vehicle engine sounds coming from within). If you consider yourself agile enough and agree not to blame me if you break your back, you can actually climb over the door and get into the remains of the old Kelvinbridge Station and from here walk down the tunnel to the Botanics Station.



Alternatively, there is an entrance to the Botanics tunnel within the Botanic Garden itself. The best way to get there is to find the overgrown surface-level platforms of the former Kirklee Station, which are just off the path, in the woods at point "Z", above. From here, at this time of year you will be able to see the tunnel entrance through the trees. Sometimes there is an opening at this end, but they have got very good at sealing up any openings these days. There's no point in telling you not to attempt climbing this one if there's no way to walk or crawl in: the spikes and razor wire will speak for themselves!

Be safe, don't do anything illegal and leave the place as you found it.
mrsam

Point Z is the best access point als you got to do is figure out the right combination to the new combination lock (and before you ask no I don't know it...)

Worth the visit tho

Let us know how you get on I fancy a gander myself..

Mr Sam
norrie

I think I will stick to walking the streets
cybers

Trackbed locale number is combi lock code !
How to get the locale number ? ... Fuktifano  
mrsam

Re: Kelvingrove botanic gardens tunnels

andymarshall007 wrote:
Hi All, i have recently been looking at the tunnels under kelvingrove and botanic gardens and have decided to explore them with a friend this weekend, only problem is i have no idea where exactly to go to get to the entrance of these tunnels any help would be appreciated (will upload any decent pictures if i get some)
Thanks


Any luck??  Did you go for it?

Mr Sam
horza

There is a way to access the Kelvingrove Tunnel at the southern end where the live line runs past however it does involved climbing down a rather dodgy make shift ladder.



Posted this in the Glasgow Tunnels thread before seeing this one.
KyleGallacher

was down here in the last couple of months, pretty eery place, certainly don't go alone!


Kelvinbridge Tunnel 2 by http://www.facebook.com/KGMPhotograph, on Flickr


Kelvinbridge Tunnel Xmas Tree by http://www.facebook.com/KGMPhotograph, on Flickr


Kelvinbridge Tunnel 5 by http://www.facebook.com/KGMPhotograph, on Flickr


Kelvinbridge Tunnel 6 by http://www.facebook.com/KGMPhotograph, on Flickr


Train approaching Charing Cross tunnel from Partick by http://www.facebook.com/KGMPhotograph, on Flickr
Catnip

Some nice shots! :)
philreid

Has anyone managed to get down into this tunnel recently?

We were in the Botanics tunnel yesterday and tried to access this one, but couldn't see a way down (and more importantly, a way out!).

We tried from the end of the tunnel across the road from Yorkhill Hospital at Old Dumbarton Road, and also in the vents within the hospital car park itself - but it seemed far too high.

There are some other openings behind some flats in Finnieston but again - no cigar.
KyleGallacher

I was in this tunnel last weekend. still accessable if you have done your research.
philreid

Aye, so I got mixed up in my post there.

There's two tunnels we wanted to access - one was the end of the Kelvingrove tunnel where the opening is near St Vincent Crescent.

The other was the Yorkhill tunnel which ends near the children's hospital.

I'll need to keep researching them!
phillster

me and my mate were in the kelvinhall tunnel two weeks ago. we had to use a telescopic ladder to get over the fencing. no pictures sorry. remember don't take risks
philreid

phillster wrote:
me and my mate were in the kelvinhall tunnel two weeks ago. we had to use a telescopic ladder to get over the fencing. no pictures sorry. remember don't take risks


Hey phillster,

So we got into the Yorkhill tunnel the other day - it was good except there wasn't much to see except the family of 5 foxes which were living there! We could see their eyes reflecting in our torches from about 300 yards away - they seemed to be living in the ventilation pipe at the far end, where the tunnel is blocked off.

We didn't have a ladder to get in - we just scaled the fence - almost got impaled on the spikes :)

I think the Yorkhill tunnel is the one you were referring to - which opens here, across from the hospital next to Old Dumbarton Road?.

We did the Botanics Tunnel too recently, which was brilliant.

Referring to the topic of this thread, I'm not sure of a way to get into the Kelvingrove tunnel without either breaking the lock at the Kelvinbridge end (not doing that!) or using some kind of rope ladder at the Finnieston end? Both risky!

In your other posts you seem to have visited quite a few places - any to recommend? Do you think the buildings down near the M8 (Kingston storage etc) are worth a look?

Cheers
cybers

Kingston Storage is still operational so best avoid the cameras as I am pretty sure you mean Gray Dunn Biscuits.

Building looks to be pretty much destroyed now and in a dangerous state.
I went, I saw, I took the pictures

http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/ftopic3224-0-0-asc-gray.php
philreid

cybers wrote:
Kingston Storage is still operational so best avoid the cameras as I am pretty sure you mean Gray Dunn Biscuits.


Ah, sorry yes you're right! I don't plan to bust into a working business premises  

Great pictures. It just shows you should visit these places while the going's good and before they get damaged, closed or demolished.
phillster

it is yorkhill one that i was talking about sorry phillreid
phillster

the old dunnes factory down at the m8 is nackerd now not much to see for what is still standing of it

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