SiteName: Liverpool - Edge Hill Cutting & Tunnels
Sub Brit site visit September 1998
[Source: Nick Catford]
West of the boiler chambers the steam tunnel terminates above another chamber which also has an opening through the brickwork roof into the floor of the steam tunnel. This is the largest room on the north side of the cutting and it doesn't appear to be original. Its close association with the steam tunnel of 1836 suggests that it is of that date, being cut to provide the additional steam capacity to operate the Edge Hill engines. Another feature in the steam tunnel itself appears to be a coal chute directing supplies of fuel in from the cutting top, though the tunnel, and into this chamber. Access to the cutting top via this coal chute is now completely blocked.
It was later opened up to provide staff accommodation when the present rooms which include windows and a doorway were excavated.
Since that date however, Mersey Rail have found a new use for the existing
track as a siding and as a result refused further public access to the
cutting. The Edge Hill Railway Trust folded and has now disappeared
without trace. The cutting is once again overgrown and derelict and
all requests for access to this important heritage site are now refused.
When visited in 1996, track was still laid through the later Crown Street
tunnel to the site of the L & NW good station and the line is currently
used by Mersey Rail as a siding for stabling passenger coaches overnight.
Photo:Inside Wapping Tunnel
Photo by Nick Catford
The station at the end of the Wapping Tunnel was removed and slum housing cleared during the 1950's and 60's, but plans to carry out large scale redevelopment and construct an urban motorway were never carried out. The zone has since been a centre for light industrial uses and distribution. In 1999 there was a proposal to create a new single carriageway road from the M62 to the port and city centre which includes converting the Waterloo Tunnel into a roadway. Potentially this would allow dock traffic to be directed away from surface routes used at present, accommodate the anticipated growth in dock traffic and facilitate the development of further freight distribution along the dock corridor. A study concluded that the project was technically feasible.
For more pictures of Wapping & Crown Street tunnels see Old
Liverpool Railways web site
See also Wapping Tunnel
Further information and pictures about this site continues here
[Source: Nick Catford]