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The Binnian Tunnel - Then and Now

Wednesday, 28th August 2002 was a very special day for those few remaining Mourne men who worked on the Binnian Tunnel.

ML 1030

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The Binnian Tunnel - Photos, then and now

In 1950

 
(1) This is what the opening looked like at the Dunnywater end. Note the concrete works going on which would form the tunnel mouth which can be seen today. Of course before any work could start in the Annalong Valley a road had to be built to the site.
 
(2) At the Dunnywater entrance a team of carpenters built shuttering moulds from planking, into which conrete was manually poured by wheelbarrow by teams of men. This was to build the weir and the intakes.
 
(3) A team of men pour concrete into the shuttering by hand.
 
(4) An example of the high quality of concrete casting that was achieved by the craftsmen using wooden shuttering.

and Today...

View of the Dunnywater waterworks at the entrance to the Binnian Tunnel
 
View of the Dunnywater waterworks at the entrance to the Binnian Tunnel
View of the Dunnywater waterworks at the entrance to the Binnian Tunnel
 
View of the Dunnywater waterworks at the entrance to the Binnian Tunnel
Four present-day views of the water works at the Dunnywater Entrance to the tunnel. The mountains that can be seen in the background are Long Seefin (Left pair) and Slieve Lamagan (Right pair).


All of the historic photographs above have been kindly provided by Mr Norman Ervine.

The Silent Valley

The two photographs below were taken 80 years apart. The B&W picture shows the valley just before the dam was built. The second picture was taken from the dam wall.

The Silent Valley before the dam was built - around 1922
The Silent Valley before the dam was built - around 1922


The Silent Valley before the dam was built - around 1922
The Silent Valley in 2002

 

 

YOUR RESPONSE

Mick - Jan '07
this is amazing!

 

See the other sections in this article:

Binnian Front Page | Intro & Background | The Tunnellers | The Engineers | Archive Photos | Then & Now | Contemporary Photos | Official Opening | The Reunion | Can you help?

 

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