crystal palace high level rail walk

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crystal palace high level rail walk

Post by ALIB » 26 May 2009 12:52

i remember seeing a while back that there was an organised walk from Nunhead to Crystal Palace, following the route of the old high level railway (5m or 8km). Does anyone know whether this is something happening again, or whether there are a few people who would like to walk the route and swap information one day? (obviously there is a pub or two on the route where we could stop to take refreshement)
Will Greenwood has posted many excellent photos thus far which has stirred my curiosity.

Would anyone else be interested?

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Post by ALIB » 28 May 2009 04:26

that's a big fat 'NO' then

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Post by lambchops » 28 May 2009 11:23

I would, AliB.

However, I am very unreliable when committing to dates atm.

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Post by bensonby » 28 May 2009 12:10

I'd be interested in taking part at some point...

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Post by leenewham » 28 May 2009 12:15

lambchops wrote:I would, AliB.

However, I am very unreliable when committing to dates atm.
Typical bloke...I'm sure there are lots of broken hearts out there LC!

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Post by lambchops » 28 May 2009 22:58

hahahha...yeah aswathe of them across SE london.

if they promise to wear cowboy boots to bed then i am very reliable!

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Re: crystal palace high level rail walk

Post by Ian Bull » 14 Oct 2009 18:15

[quote="ALIB"]i remember seeing a while back that there was an organised walk from Nunhead to Crystal Palace, following the route of the old high level railway (5m or 8km). Does anyone know whether this is something happening again - Will Greenwood has posted many excellent photos thus far which has stirred my curiosity."

Hullo ALIB,

I led that walk. It was very well received and attended. So much so that it's going to be repeated early in 2010. At the moment it's planned for the last weekend in January. It may move to a later date if the Green Chain Walk want to combine it with some form of opening ceremony coinciding with the planting of the signposts.

Meanwhile, can anyone tell me where I can find Will Greenwood's photos?

All the best

Ian Bull

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Post by Ian Bull » 15 Oct 2009 21:58

Hullo Will,

Thanks very much. I don't suppose you know of any photos of the former transformer station that used to stand between Upper Sydenham station and Paxton tunnel? It fed the main line in Penge tunnel by means of cabling running down one of the ventilation shafts.

Thanks again

Ian

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Post by will greenwood » 16 Oct 2009 10:02

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Hi Ian
this is the only one I know of, clipped from a series taken from the transmitter in the late 50's I think
you can just see to peckarmans wood tunnel entrance.
hope it helps

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Post by Ian Bull » 17 Oct 2009 14:15

Hullo Will.

That's a wonderful photo and yes, it does help very much. Probably the best overall view of the line between the tunnels there could be. Would it be possible to get an enlarged view of that part of the photo?

From the new condition of the flats in the background I presume the date is around the early 60s. As the substation was still standing it's probably fair to assume that it lasted until the construction of High Level Drive. If so, the GLC will have recorded it. When I got some more time I'll try the London Metropolitan archives.

Again thanks very much.

Ian

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Post by will greenwood » 17 Oct 2009 15:57

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Post by Ian Bull » 17 Oct 2009 16:20

Thanks again Will. I'd like to send a photo I have of the top of the ventilation shaft / cable duct from a 1930s Southern Railway magazine. It's an interesting structure! Alas, I can't work out how to post images here, despite having read the FAQs.

All the best

Ian

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Post by will greenwood » 20 Oct 2009 07:40

here is a photo of the upper sydenham shaft, thanks to Ian;
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