Urban explorer feared “drowning” in rotten tram tunnels abandoned since 1920

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An urban explorer feared she would “drown” after making a risky trip through four abandoned streetcar tunnels that have been closed since 1920.

The woman behind Venture out of bounds on Facebook teamed up with Steve from Walk in Wazzock descend into the tunnels of North Staffordshire left to rot.

Cauldon Lowe, also known as the Trubshaws Tramway Tunnel, is a mechanism of four tram tunnels measuring approximately 480 meters in length.

The first brick of the structures was laid on April 17, 1844 before it opened for its first traffic in July 1847.



Bricks from the ruined tunnels can be seen on the left

After a busy beautiful time, the tunnel finally closed in 1920, and over time the walls became damp and crumbly, making it a very dangerous place to explore.

Some of the tunnels they entered had bricks and broken pieces of pipe strewn on the ground.

The ground has also been inundated and the ground below is thick with muddy water, which the woman said: “This thing here up to my knees.



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The tunnels closed in 1920

“Walking in the wazzock broke the edge of the crust and loads spilled down the edge of the tunnel and then into the little tunnel, the noise it made was incredible.”

Adding that she thought she was “going to die by drowning, to be honest.”

Steve responded in the comments describing it as a “moment of panic”.



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The tunnel has been left to rot for over a century

But despite his grim appearance, Facebook fans seemed to love him.

One user said: “I found it over 10 years ago, but dare not do what they did !! “

Another added: “Brave.”

A third wrote: “Another awesome article. Absolutely stunning photos and the usual interesting story.”



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The trams are flooded and full of rubble

Describing part of the labyrinth’s past, Venturing off Limits explained, “The technology used this time was that of a modern style railroad, with flanged wheels running on smooth rails.

“The line was built using a 3-foot-6 gauge gauge, and the top section of each slope used a three-rail layout, in which the center rail was shared by the up and down lines.

“Halfway up the slope, the center rail split into a conventional double-track layout, to form an overtaking loop.



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Facebook fans called out the brave explorer for entering the tunnels

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“Below the passing loop, the line was a single track, accessible through a point that was automatically set by the descending cars.

“The trains of cars going up and down were connected by cables that ran on a series of rollers and guides along the center of the tracks.

“At the top of each slope, the cables headed for a winding house, where they were wrapped oppositely around a brake drum.”


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