Lothian Drainage Dept

Laying drains underground, near the site of the
 new Edinburgh International Conference Centre


The Underground Railway Track

 Edinburgh at Work - Lothian Region Drainage Dept

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs                                                                                                                   Photograph taken October 9, 1991


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    Edinburgh at Work  -  Lothian Region Drainage Dept   -  Laying drains underground near the new Edinburgh International Conference Centre


Lothian Region Drainage Dept

The Tunnels

Here, Lothian Region Water & Drainage Dept was installing new drainage deep underground close to where the Edinburgh International Conference Centre now stands in Morrison Street.

Kitted in boots, hard hat and overalls, I descended to the tunnel and my camera bag was lowered down the shaft by crane.

The tunnels were being blasted, drilled then dug out.  They extended for 300 meters underground.  The work was being carried out 12 hours a day, 6 days a week and was expected to continue until early 1992.

The Track

The underground railway track was being used to  bring rocks and soil to the bottom of the shaft, as the tunnel advanced.

The track looks much brighter here than I did when I took the photo.  Even with an exposure of probably between 30 and 60 seconds, it was so dark that  I needed to use a wide aperture, so I was not able to get much depth of field in the photo.


Lothian Region Drainage Dept

Edinburgh at Work