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Greenock's Lost Railways Photographs
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:59 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Stuball wrote:
Did I not post my pics from that line? I visited there about 6 weeks or so ago











Rest of the set viewable HERE
Photo number 2 is Mearns Street bridge with Whinhill or Broomhill Court (high flat) in the background. Mearns ST bridges is a remarkable piece of engineering for such an unoccupied area of Greenock. Makes you wonder why they went to so much work.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hi Vambo and welcome to UG.

Thanks for sharing your stories of this old tunnel. If you were to go walking as far as you can go, I doubt you'd be spotted by anybody and if you were, nothing would come of it. Obviously as a forum, we cannot advise it and it would be totally at your own risk

You can only go as far as the last tunnel... the simba tunnel? the last one before the docks?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Stuball, Yes, the simba tunnel is the last one before the docks and also the longest tunnel on that line. I also think that it was the second longest tunnel in Scotland at that time, after the Greenock West / Fort Matilda tunnel.

Locally, among younger teenagers, it was a big thing if someone had walked the simba tunnel. It was a classed as a real mystery place. Especially to be in there when a train was coming. A typical phrase would be.... (See big Jada, he walked the simba tunnel last night)

Pity about the fence on the entrance. I know that these tunnels were used for under age drinking / glue sniffing etc, mentioned in the local paper numerous times, that's probably the reason it was put there.

Last time I walked it was around 1976, a group of us and it was really eerie ! About a quarter the way in, you come accross the ventilation shaft and the light pouring in.

When these tunnels were originally constructed, there were 2 railway tracks. When it was converted for the use of container trains, they tore one track out and laid a single track in the centre line.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Here is the entrance to 'the simba'



It should be noted the opposite end has been back filled
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

The entrance to the Simba was a drinking den to under age drinkers (me included !) back in the late 70s. Glue sniffers in the 80s and more likely druggies in the 90s.

I bet you noticed a lot of discarded bottles and all sorts in that area.

I wonder who is the key custodian to the padlock on that gate.
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There wasnt as much junk as you'd expect for the years of dereliction. Back at the station remnants there was a load of blue bags etc but most of the line was fairly clear. It looks like someone had been along to clear it up
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Some good pictures of "Greenock's Lost Railways" of the Lynedoch St upper goods yard and surrounding rail works here. You need to trawl through the ones which may be of no interest to you to find some with tunnel entrances etc.

Note that Greenock has changed significantly since these pics were taken with most of these old buildings now been demolished in the 1970s and 80s.

You would need a 1970s or earlier map edition to cross reference the locations.


http://picasaweb.google.com/McLea..._notification#5295743978186830002
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Visited the tunnels quite recently and they are certainly the best closed railway tunnels I have visited. Well worth the trip and the climb :P

The first proper tunnel you come to is Trafalgar St Tunnel:

Trafalgar St Tunnel - Princes Pier Line


But the longest tunnel is definitely the best!

Union Street Tunnel - Princes Pier Line


The air shaft mid way through:

Union St Tunnel Air Shaft - Princes Pier Line


Near to the portal at the Ocean Terminal:

Colours of the Greenock Tunnels


Part of the tunnel is reinforced with this shot hinting at the structure:

Princes Pier Line


And last but not least a typical self portrait and easily my fave shot from the trip:

Union Street Tunnel - Princes Pier Line
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Great set of photos horza

   
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

truely amazing photos.

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