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Report - Birkenhead Town Railway Station & Tunnels
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    Arrow Report - Birkenhead Town Railway Station & Tunnels

    My second report... - After a well received first report... Here Goes...

    A History of Birkenhead Town Station
    Birkenhead Town station was opened on 1 January 1889 by the Joint Committee of the Chester and Birkenhead Railway, administered by the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) and the Great Western Railway (GWR). It was built to accommodate the nearby commercial centre of Birkenhead.

    The line, which travelled through the station, bore trains from Birkenhead Woodside to London Paddington, meaning that not all trains stopped at Birkenhead Town. Mainly local trains from Woodside to West Kirby, Chester, Warrington and North Wales served the station.

    The development of the Queensway tunnel in 1934 resulted in the station becoming cut off from reasonable access to the town's market area and the residential district near Birkenhead Priory. Birkenhead Town station closed on 7 May 1945, although the line continued in use until 1967 when Birkenhead Woodside closed.

    As of 2013, the tunnels (now partially infilled) and securly fenced, the site of the station still exists. However, the area is now enclosed between the approach roads to the Queensway road tunnel entrance, which were redesigned and extended in the 1960s.

    The Images

    01 - The original Building, Exterior



    02 - Original Platform Level, Looking North towards the two tunnels



    03 - The station during it deconstruction in the late 60's



    04 - The current remaining exterior from the road, hidden behind modern adverts



    05 - All that's left of the internal side of the original station



    06 - Standing above the Tunnel leading to Woodside Railway Station (Blocked at end) looking into the mouth of the Birkenhead priory Goods Yard Tunnel



    07 - Looking Towards Woodside at entrance



    08 - Further in the shape of the tunnel changes, notice how filled in it is.



    09 - Wheelchair, deep inside the tunnel



    10 - And a Boot



    11 - A Drain... Water Source?



    12 - A Huge crack in the floor.



    The Explore
    The first time ever (never not for trying) of me getting into this tunnel, not thinking I could get access I didn't have any sort of light but my Flash gun & mini Mag light however after finding a way in, i wasn't travelling back for the extra kit, so I managed with what I had to hand. (SLR 40D + Flashgun & Canon 1000D, Mini Mag light & Mobile phone light)

    Visited with a non Member and I don't know how long these will be accessible for due to the high metal bars and steel panels, so if you can get there... do...!

    Thanks for looking and here's hoping you enjoyed my second new member report (hoping for full Membership).

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    Default Re: Report - Birkenhead Town Railway Station & Tunnels

    mini mag light saved the day then put one in my car needed a torch last 2 explores which cropped up unexpectedly. liked the drain shot

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    Default Re: Report - Birkenhead Town Railway Station & Tunnels

    Quote Originally Posted by myke View Post
    mini mag light saved the day then
    Certainly did, often does... Don't go anywhere without it, such handy little torch. It should be on every Urbex's kit list.

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    Default Re: Report - Birkenhead Town Railway Station & Tunnels

    Very nice, and interesting, thanks for sharing. Always carry torches, put them everywhere in your car, along with a 'UE Bag' of stuff, always at the ready.
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