A Collapsed Old Railway Tunnel Hides These Rare Cars

A doomed railway station in a tunnel, a sudden collapse in 2012 and a bunch of rare classics hidden under decades of dirt. Meet Liverpool's hidden underground garage.

Dingle station was an extension of the Liverpool Overhead Railway. It opened in 1896 and consisted of a short section of elevated line and a half-mile tunnel. There was also a short dead-end tunnel left un-faced because the Railway had plans to build an extension further out into the Liverpool suburbs — which never materialized.

In 1901, just before Christmas on the 23rd of December at 5:00 pm, an incoming train cough fire in the tunnel owing to an electrical fault in the rear motor 240 feet away from the station. First, it seemed like everybody is going to be fine, but some stayed too close to watch or to try to extinguish the fire, and as the smoke filled up the station, six people suffocated including four members of the staff and two female passengers.

Dingle station was shut down for more than a year, and during its rebuild, they tried to use more iron and less timber to prevent such disasters in the future. Dingle also survived the Luftwaffe bombings, but in 1956, the whole line was shut down, and in less than two years, the rails were gone too.

A Collapsed Old Railway Tunnel Hides These Rare Cars

The station was first sold to a rope manufacturer, but soon ended up in the hands of a car repair company. The street level building got demolished, and the station was altered so that cars could be driven in. In 1977, Roscoe Engineering took over and continued the car business until 2012.

And look what they have left behind:

Land Rover

A Collapsed Old Railway Tunnel Hides These Rare Cars

Rover P5 3.5 (Date of First Registration 22/10/1968)

A Collapsed Old Railway Tunnel Hides These Rare Cars

Citroën HY

A Collapsed Old Railway Tunnel Hides These Rare Cars

A Collapsed Old Railway Tunnel Hides These Rare Cars

Fiat 124 Coupe

A Collapsed Old Railway Tunnel Hides These Rare Cars

Ford Anglia

A Collapsed Old Railway Tunnel Hides These Rare Cars

AMC Pacer

A Collapsed Old Railway Tunnel Hides These Rare Cars

Morris Minor

A Collapsed Old Railway Tunnel Hides These Rare Cars

Fiat 130 Coupe

A Collapsed Old Railway Tunnel Hides These Rare Cars

Lotus Elite

A Collapsed Old Railway Tunnel Hides These Rare Cars

Oh, and a boat. Because Liverpool.

The tunnel collapsed suddenly in 2012. Not on the cars, but still, what are these doing down there, you may ask. Well, my photo source only heard rumors:

Some were stolen and left hidden. Since, a garage has opened at the station end of the tunnel, and some of them were just clients cars which have been left, many of those are also suspected stolen too.

Oh, those Liverpool boys and their cars...

Source: disused-stations.org.uk Photo credit: dancinimera