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Deep Level #3 – Northern City Line

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February 2011

Sitting in an almost pitch black tunnel stripped of  rails and sleepers, the only light we can see is from some tunnel lights barely visible through a doorway a hundred or so metres up the line. Any rustling, kicking of ballast or movement is met with a curt and whispered “shutthefuckup!” We couldn’t sit there forever, we certainly couldn’t wait until the end of the tube service.

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Written by Winch

February 14th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Posted in Trains

Tagged with Gary, Neb, Otter, Patch

Playing on the Railways

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December 2010

Upon finishing some Reading recces, I suggest to Gary that as we were at loose ends, we should maybe go play on the railways? The networks of rail across the country offer a lot of potential points of interest, from laid up trains, boneyards, disused tunnels and old stations in cuttings, where better to get stuck in than dicking around on some local tracks with a camera?

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January 19th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Posted in Trains

Tagged with Gary, Neb, Patch

International Drain Meet

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January 2011

The International Drain Meet was a celebration of drainors, and a great chance to meet parties from other areas that we haven’t taken the opportunity to acquaint ourselves with yet. Represented were  London, Manchester, North East England, Paris, Canada,  Brescia Underground and UE Kingz, and it was a pleasure to meet and spend time in The River Westbourne with all present.

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January 10th, 2011 at 5:02 pm


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December 2010

Some nights you just have to travel together to a disused conference centre, play some tunes and drink beers, then sleep in a part built hotel nearby that ran out of funds after completing no more than 4 rooms, but still hadn’t turned off the electricity . Then tip-toe 9 strong around a disused art deco hospital before being chased out by a secca. Participate in the Urbania.

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Written by Winch

December 31st, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Posted in Social

Tagged with Ercle, Gary, Gina, Lutex, Mike, Neb, Patch

KRT – October 2010

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The latest in a string of tall buildings in London to play on, this follows Southwark Tower, London Bridge House and Temple Court as my ‘High London’ experiences. What made this different was the ease of which it could be explored and ascended.

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November 14th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Posted in Infrastructure/construction

Tagged with Dan, Patch, Scott

The ‘Stinger – June 2010

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Elvis Presley’s ‘It’s now or never’ belted out from the car stereo as we roared down the A21 into Hastings, swigging cans of Monster in anticipation of the challenge ahead. A drive coming on three hours had seen us arrive at the entrance to the Hastings Storm Relief Sewer with local boys Patch and Davey greeting us at our arranged meeting point. Previous recce’s had resulted in the knowledge that an entrance chamber led down three sets of poo and condom encrusted ladders into a short infeed to the main tunnel, but time was needed to explore the main tunnel itself. That time was today.

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June 6th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Posted in Drains,The Creme

Tagged with Chris, Neb, Patch

My First Sewer – March 2010

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Having not been much of a sewer-rat since picking up this Urbex hobby/lifestyle/affliction, its been over 3 years since seeing pictures of the London Sewers and actually getting down there. Having always put it off in place of chasing asylums and local sites, the underground has grabbed me a little more having visited the Catacombs in Paris, and as such I made arrangements to get down under London for once.

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Written by Winch

March 28th, 2010 at 3:00 am

Posted in Drains

Tagged with Chris, Gary, Neb, Patch

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