Catching A Train Through A Crossrail Tunnel

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By M@ Last edited 14 months ago
Catching A Train Through A Crossrail Tunnel

Crossrail won't open to the public until 2018. Yet it's already possible to catch a train on certain sections...if you have security clearance and full personal protective equipment. We acquired both in order to inspect the tunnels beneath Limmo Peninsula near Canning Town. From there, we boarded a workers' train through to Canary Wharf Crossrail station.

Video by Geoff Marshall. Photos by M@.

Film-maker Geoff Marshall dons full PPE to visit the Limmo Peninsula shaft.
Film-maker Geoff Marshall dons full PPE to visit the Limmo Peninsula shaft.
Looking up from the bottom of the Limmo shaft.
Looking up from the bottom of the Limmo shaft.
Tracks heading east from Limmo. In the distance a wall awaits a tunnel boring machine.
Tracks heading east from Limmo. In the distance a wall awaits a tunnel boring machine.
The train that carried us from Limmo to Canary Wharf.
The train that carried us from Limmo to Canary Wharf.
Looking along the tracks west from Canary Wharf
Looking along the tracks west from Canary Wharf
Inside Canary Wharf Crossrail station.
Inside Canary Wharf Crossrail station.
The first working escalator on Crossrail, at Canary Wharf.
The first working escalator on Crossrail, at Canary Wharf.
The upper level of Canary Wharf station will eventually contain plenty of greenery, including trees that will reach out through the roof. The upper levels will open around Easter 2015, providing new shops and food outlets.
The upper level of Canary Wharf station will eventually contain plenty of greenery, including trees that will reach out through the roof. The upper levels will open around Easter 2015, providing new shops and food outlets.
Looking towards 1 Canada Square, and a new footbridge helping to link up the station.
Looking towards 1 Canada Square, and a new footbridge helping to link up the station.
Inspecting the roof struts.
Inspecting the roof struts.

Last Updated 28 July 2016

HoosierSands

envy seeps from every pore

Dave K

Lucky git! Nice one Geoff.

londona729

I wish I had mates/connections like Geoff has?! Invite me for the next trip,please!

Andrew Gwilt

Cant wait for the new Crossrail line (Elizabeth Line) to open. I can change trains at Shenfield or Stratford and use the Elizabeth Line to the West End and even to Reading, Ealing Broadway and Heathrow Airport (with Elizabeth Line extended to Terminal 5). But why not extend from Abbey Wood to Dartford and Northeast Kent unless thats planned in the mid 2020's.