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An excuse for a bike ride, looking at tunnel ventilation shafts around Liverpool. A high sandstone ridge east of the city centre caused the railway builders to have to construct long tunnels and lots of ventilation shafts. Wapping Tunnel dates from the opening of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway in 1830. The Victoria and Waterloo Tunnels were opened in 1849. Lime Street soon replaced the 1830 passenger terminus, opening in 1836/1837. All three are on steep gradients.
The Wapping Tunnel shafts are rather impressive, certainly more so than the Victoria tunnel shafts.
Home to Liverpool by train; back home via Garston, Hale Bank and the Transpennine Trail. About 51 miles in total.