The Winchester

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Deep Level #6 – Bull and Bush

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March 2011

Probably the rawest of experiences on the underground one can undertake, a tunnel run in zero clearance. Gary, Neb and myself met with Otter, who’d taken the run before on a trip with Siologen back in 2009, in those days when we all knew a lot less about the system and how it operates. A few have been back in the last couple of years, and credit is due to all who have done this – it’s definitely a mental exercise rather than a physical one.

With an operation as mentally intense as this, there’s the propensity to withdraw upon the sight of an obstacle, and at arriving above the portals, the initial thought was that the lights weren’t on. Without the lights, the power runs through the rails and the chance of trains is present. On the other hand, the lights could go out at any time, the power could come on and your worst nightmares would ensue. We took stock for 5 minutes, saw the lights were on and collectively decided to take the run up the tunnel.

Risk and reward are an interesting combination, and upon arrival in the void intended for the station, Neb questioned it with “What the fuck is this, I did that for THIS?”. When you’re climbing a fence and through a window into a derelict building, your reward is appropriate to the risk. If something like Aldwych was at the end of this run, no questions would be asked about the reward. As Bull and Bush was never even opened, it’s a shell of a station without many of the usual features, hence the general lack of interest given it’s relative ease.

Built in 1906 as a proposed Northern line stop, works ceased when planning permission for a topside building struggled. The close proximity of Golders Green and the assumption that the station wouldn’t get much usage brought an end to the plans, and as such, it was the only proposed deep level station site that was abandoned during construction.

Written by Winch

March 6th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

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8 Responses to 'Deep Level #6 – Bull and Bush'

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  1. jesus christ, good to test your mental abilities and nerves every now and then! How long was the run!?


    7 Mar 11 at 12:59 pm

  2. I’ve seen a fair few photographs from this place recently, Respect for the run!


    9 Mar 11 at 12:21 pm

  3. But was the Flood control room open? Speedio said it was on his trip. t’wasn’t on ours 🙁

    I think it’s more like 700m, but seems to go very quickly.

    Pipe Ninja

    9 Mar 11 at 2:13 pm

  4. Its a bit of a case of ‘taking the plunge’ i think! In true speed style i seem to have to opposite opinions/experiences than most people have had. I found it a whole lot more relaxing and ‘fun’ than i did the more central stations where you feel like your being watched all the time on your way in and as for the place itself it may not have tiles on the walls but its got a whole lot more going on than many. Did you see the control room?


    9 Mar 11 at 3:28 pm

  5. We didn’t see the control room, it was past a closed door that I was advised was alarmed. I always feel very tense on the way in but once you’re all but out, that lifts.


    9 Mar 11 at 5:23 pm

  6. Thanks all, there’s 900 metres between B&B and GG, and Google’s ‘line feature’ reckons it’s 400m between GG and the portal, indicating 500m in the tunnel.


    9 Mar 11 at 5:29 pm

  7. Yeah its about 500m… 3 minutes walk if you run to the first bend 😉

    Bout bloody time Winch! 😛 This is by far the easiest deep level. And the deepest at that.


    10 Mar 11 at 3:52 am

  8. Did you get in by entering through the building above Bull and Bush tube station?


    14 Mar 17 at 7:35 pm

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