My elder brothers went to Stationers from about 1946 (from Frobisher so this would have been a boon!) and neither ever mentioned this idea. I can ask the younger who is still with us. If he knows anything I will share.
Not info, but on Streetview a potential entrance/exit site on the Weston Park/Uplands Road junction shows as obvious recent infill rather than standard Victoriana, as does a likely spot on Wightman opposite Alison Road, next to the New River pathway entrance (it is indeed a private garage). There are also two tall, apparently hollow, brick structures on the river bank slightly to the north (behind M&A Garage on Wightman Road) which could - just conceivably - have been air shafts for this putative tunnel, though to my eye the brickwork doesn't look old enough and maybe they're too far away... All speculation, of course, and it would have to have been quite a long tunnel, given the width of the marshalling yards.
This is fascinating. I went for a walk around and if it did exist I believe it would of originated at the garage. When I looked at the building it looks like the front (ignore the warehouse at the back) is a Victorian "utility something" It would make sense for it to be a ramp down for horses etc. to be able to get under the new river.
Those chimneys do indeed look like air holes for ventilation. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could reopen that access route somehow as its more or less in the middle of the 2 other access routes in Horsey and Harringay stations.
Can someone provide streeview links please
Thanks Jimmy. Going with your M&A suggestion, if anything. Does anyone have a streetview shot for the other side?
If this tunnel did exist however, surely it's entrance would have started much further east than Wightman Rd. I don't know when the current expanded sidings were built, which would probably have involved a serious amount of landfilling and banking, hence mysterious tunnel entrance filled in and lost forever.
But who knows re the Weston Park side. May still exist :)
Boys, boys, boys, there ain’t no tunnel and never had been.
Ah, well... Everyone likes a "secret tunnel" story... Shame!
The most detailed discussion of this topic can be found here.
As I've said on the other thread just linked to, I am almost certain that this is an urban myth or a twisted folk memory of the old railway viaduct that carried the original Great Northern line across the Stonebridge Brook and a carriageway to Harringay House.
There was never any reason to build a tunnel after the Hornsey Sidings was constructed. It would have been very expensive for little gain. Any logic suggested is sadly more akin to schoolboy dreaming than anything realistic........which is a a shame because it would be wonderful if it were true.
There is a bit of adventure to be had though because a bit of the of viaduct does still exist - see article I posted in the other thread.
As to the New River Tower - click on the link I've added below my original post, above.
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