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Tyne tunnel escalators

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 8 April 2012 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels (TPCT) were opened on 24th July 1951, heralded as Tyneside’s contribution to the ‘Festival of Britain’ (May to September 1951) at a total cost of £833,000.

They contained the first purpose-built cycle tunnel in the UK and were the earliest to be used by both cyclists and pedestrians.

The Tunnels run under the River Tyne between Howdon in North Tyneside and Jarrow in South Tyneside. The two tunnels run in parallel, the pedestrian tunnel has a 10 ft 6 in (3.2 m) internal diameter and the cycle tunnel has a larger 12 ft (3.7 m) internal diameter tunnel.

Both tunnels are 900 ft (274.5 m) in length, 40 ft (12.2 m) below the river bed, with floor levels 85ft (26 m) below high water level of the Tyne.

A special feature of the tunnels is their four original wooden-step Waygood-Otis escalators. At the time of construction, they were the longest single-rise escalators in the world, with a vertical rise of 85ft (25.9m) and a length of approximately 200ft (61m). They are believed still to be the longest wooden-step escalators in Europe.


Gritty, dirty, grungy, and almost Gothic HDR looking up at the entrance hall, made from five exposures in Photomatix.

PENTAX K100D 1/1 second F/5.6 ISO 400 18 mm

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PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5***

8 Apr 2012 5:17am

Khalil from Beyrouth, Lebanon

Superbe perspective et toujoiurs un traitement bien adapté avec un magnifique rendu ces couleurs.

8 Apr 2012 6:07am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

This different PoV shows off the lovely patina of age/wear and tear that this facility has accrued over the years

8 Apr 2012 6:29am

Anita from Redon, France

Une superbe perspective et un rendu bien géré !

8 Apr 2012 6:37am

philippe from moselle, France

l'endroit s'y prête bien pour ce superbe hdr, bravo :o) !!!

8 Apr 2012 6:54am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Really impressive with this processing, great series. Good sunday.

8 Apr 2012 7:30am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful perspective and processing.
Have a nice day.

8 Apr 2012 7:31am

wolfen from Villefranche sur Saône, France

Un traitement fantastique !! Très réussi, le rendu relief est superbe !!
Bon week end Pascal

8 Apr 2012 7:48am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

another great hdr - love the texture and tones of the wooden escalator

8 Apr 2012 8:07am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Great angle, you really get an idea how deep down it is.

8 Apr 2012 9:00am

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Love it, Mr M is right!

8 Apr 2012 9:02am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An image with a POV of vertigo! Excellent point of view and editing. As always your editing work is excellent! Best regards, Adela

8 Apr 2012 9:23am

fereshteh. from Iran

Beautiful perspective....bravo.

8 Apr 2012 9:24am

Lokesh from Hyderabad, India

a very nice POV..... is this HDR.... ?

8 Apr 2012 9:46am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! I like this depth
well done

8 Apr 2012 9:57am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

I suppose you could ride the bike up and down the smooth bits between the steps. In fact those look remarkably like tyre tracks on the left :) More great colour and texture

8 Apr 2012 9:58am

Pedro Callealta from Cádiz, Spain

great prespective and processed

8 Apr 2012 10:33am

Yonatan from New York, United States

Your treatment really brings out a great mood in this scene. The depth reminds me a lot of the subway in Stockholm.

8 Apr 2012 10:34am

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

A super illustrator effect with the HDR, Curly.

8 Apr 2012 11:07am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Maybe old but it makes for one fine shot, I like these kind of places

8 Apr 2012 11:10am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Excellent pov in this shot Curly! Happy Easter to you and yours! ;-)

8 Apr 2012 11:17am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Gritty, dirty, grungy, and almost Gothic ...and great!

8 Apr 2012 11:57am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

ce traitement est un régal et magnifie tes images !

8 Apr 2012 12:23pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

HDR really suits this shot, brilliant

8 Apr 2012 1:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The grunge look seems perfect for this scene. It has a post-apocalyptic feel to it. Great stuff!

8 Apr 2012 1:15pm

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

Very Cool!!!

8 Apr 2012 3:05pm

Florence from Paris, France

Another great view. And wow. What a process again.

8 Apr 2012 3:08pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

This is such jaw-dropper Curly!!! How surreal and intriguing is the mood through your special treatment! Thanks too for the background info! Have a great weekend!:-)

8 Apr 2012 3:14pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

great HDR!

8 Apr 2012 3:26pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Excellent treatment !!!!

8 Apr 2012 3:51pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Fantastic image, Curly.

8 Apr 2012 4:58pm

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Fantastique ! *****
une métamorphose aussi spectaculaire que réussie !

8 Apr 2012 5:54pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Great view! Superb processing!

8 Apr 2012 6:21pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic POV. Great processing!

8 Apr 2012 6:27pm

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

Très jolie photo, quel traitement à la perfection ! bravo.

8 Apr 2012 6:53pm

tataze from France

Des photos très travaillées, pour un univers que je découvre. Bonne soirée

8 Apr 2012 6:55pm

MT photoxy from tabriz, Iran


8 Apr 2012 8:09pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Great perspective

8 Apr 2012 9:23pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

great leading lines. fine hdr

8 Apr 2012 10:18pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!
very nice!!!!!!!!!!!

8 Apr 2012 10:53pm

David Ahrens from Roseville, California, United States

This is an amazing location. Great shot. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

9 Apr 2012 4:45am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Again, powerful presentation - I can almost smell it !

9 Apr 2012 5:26am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Oh!!...Great use of Photomatix.

9 Apr 2012 6:36am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Love the richness of colour you have achieved

9 Apr 2012 7:06am

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

really nice too, well play curly

9 Apr 2012 8:40am

Roland Theys from Gerpinnes, Belgium

Excellent !

9 Apr 2012 7:00pm

Ranita Imposible from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic processing and POV! Congratulations!

9 Apr 2012 9:29pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A wonderful image, but my claustrophobia is increasing. ... ;(

9 Apr 2012 11:01pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

J'aime beaucoup celle ci pour ses couleurs, son traitement et ses lignes. Superbe travail

10 Apr 2012 7:37pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Great color tones...lovely work..

12 Apr 2012 4:02pm

Sebastien from Geneva, Switzerland

Nice one! It seems unreal with the hdr...

17 Apr 2012 8:59pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

.... and now I´m officially in awe.

24 Apr 2012 8:41am

David from ELLEMFORD, United Kingdom

If it looked like this in reality I would go back for a walk again. Excellent piece of photography with good history, my brother was the first boy to cross from Jarrow when it opened.

12 Jul 2012 10:18pm

1/1 second
ISO 400
18 mm