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Old June 27th, 2005, 07:40 PM   #1
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Spaghetti Junction

I finished work at 2pm, it was beautiful weather so instead of going down the pub like normal folk I decided to spend an hour under Spaghetti Junction (SJ from now on) with my camera taking photo's.....here are the first few

The roundabout that connects all the main routs onto and off the Junction is called Salford Circus and like all good Bham Junctions it's also a pedestrian right of way connected by subways....nice


The next three pics are taken in the centre of Salford Circus, the elevated roads above are just the approaches from Erdington and the Tyburn Road (A38). The main Aston Expressway/M6 interchange is several hundred yards away.




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A couple of canals meet under SJ as well, I started following one which runs its course toward the city centre via Neachells and Aston. I didn't wander too far down it just far enough to turn back and take a couple of photos of the elevated M6 going over


A nice bit of summer colour.


This probably what stopped me going further.....they're bloody everywhere, and vicious


Heading back towards SJ, there also seems to be a river of some sort flowing under there as well...


...and even the canals are elevated
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Old June 27th, 2005, 07:47 PM   #2
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Back on the main canal that flows under SJ, I timed it just right to catch this geezer going past, it almost looks like a countryside scene....


......till you zoom out.


It's that river again, this also looks like a countryside scene...


....till you zoom out and get the elevated M6 in shot


I'm not 100% on my facts but I'm sure the M6 between SJ and Junction 6 is the longest elevated road in Europe at about 3 miles, I went for a walk in that direction and took a few more snaps
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Old June 27th, 2005, 07:54 PM   #3
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I've never ventured out that far. some very impressive engineering and you got some really nice pics there smiley.
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Old June 27th, 2005, 07:56 PM   #4
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It's hard to capture it on camera but it is quite a sight standing under this
huge elevated roadway and being able to see it just going on and on.

This photo's a few hundred yards further on from the previous.....getting nearer to that wall of graffiti




And this what's over the other side, just the M6 going on and on. It is quite low here and there were a few disconcerting creaking noises above me but I'm sure it's not due to fall down just yet....the dip in ground to the right is where that river is running.


Bizzare!!

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Old June 27th, 2005, 07:57 PM   #5
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I've never ventured out that far. some very impressive engineering and you got some really nice pics there smiley.
It's quite an experience believe me......I've yonks more photo's to go yet....some of them are really surprising, hopefully I should get them all posted tonight
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Old June 27th, 2005, 08:08 PM   #6
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This next photo is the furthest I ventured in that direction, the river seems to be flowing in a man made chaneel now. I tried to get a another shot showing the M6 still going on and on but a bloody lorry drove over the bridge in front.....wasn't expecting that.


Before turning round I tried a few arty farty shots of reflections, graffiti and the general crap that is under there.







Rarrghh!!




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Old June 27th, 2005, 08:08 PM   #7
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look forward to seeing them later smiley. I've finished work and as its beautiful weather im going down the pub like normal folk
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Old June 27th, 2005, 08:13 PM   #8
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God knows what I took a picture of this for?


Batman!!!


As well as the strange creaks from overhead you've also got these things buzzing away close by.....quite strange under there


Here's that graffiti wall again, but the other side. Right, now I'm heading back towards SJ proper
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Old June 27th, 2005, 08:17 PM   #9
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look forward to seeing them later smiley. I've finished work and as its beautiful weather im going down the pub like normal folk
Fair play to you, have a couple for me
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Old June 27th, 2005, 08:29 PM   #10
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Nearly back at Salford Circus now....I'm gonna be following the canal straight ahead, the canal to the left is the one I followed earlier before the geese made me turn back


Just in case you're short sighted


The sign's pointing that way so when I got a clear shot I took a pic towards the City Centre and zoomed in on HCT, I think you can make out The Rotunda, McClaren and the Sentinals there as well.


This lovely long dark tunnel is where the canal flows under the main bulk of SJ...I think you've got the M6 and most of the Aston Expressways sliproads going over here


Loads of Graffiti too






and it is quite safe walking around under SJ even though it looks well dodgy.....there are plenty of these around
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Old June 27th, 2005, 08:35 PM   #11
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great pics x
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Old June 27th, 2005, 08:36 PM   #12
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Out the other side and there are slip roads flying over your head here there and everywhere!!


and going everywhere






bit of an arty farty one
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There are quite a few old bridges like this under there as well, I know the New Street to Sutton Coldfield line runs under there too so I presume this is it going overhead.


Looking back....madness!!


Just in case Accura gets to read this there are also Pylons mixed in with SJ's madness so I got him a few pics....he loves his Pylons




And finally out the other side, a pic of the canal heading wherever it's heading to


and looking back toward SJ
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Old June 27th, 2005, 09:20 PM   #14
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Fantastic pictures.

I love the way there is a whole different world right underneath you when using SJ, yet you are almost completley oblivious to it.
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Old June 27th, 2005, 09:45 PM   #15
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I totally agree Jolon there's a whole dark, atmospheric, subteranean world under there and most folk whizz past it at 70mph....anyway I'm not finished yet the best is yet to come.
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I took a few more on my way back to Salford Circus.








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i bet you was being closely watched under there smileyface thats probably one of britains most important junctions a major terroist target.
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There are a surprising number of people under there walking dogs, cycling, fishing and whatever else people get up to under there.....eh hum. At Salford Circus you can get back onto the main Lichfield Road which heads into the City a short walk brings you to a park which I presume is called Salford Park. It's quite a surprise to those who've never been there before because of the lake in the middle of it and how peaceful it can be even though you're next to one of Europe's busiest interchanges.

Crossing over the river towards the Park


The afore mentioned lake. SJ would be over my right shoulder as I take that pic and you can make out the elevated Aston Expressway on the right side of the pic


Zooming in you can make out Villa Park


Zooming in on the Church it all looks very peaceful and serene
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i bet you was being closely watched under there smileyface thats probably one of britains most important junctions a major terroist target.
Yeah that's a good point actually, there were plenty of cameras under there and there was one guy who I thought was a bit odd at the time....he was cycling around everywhere, I must have crossed paths with him at least 5 or 6 times, probably being paranoid but you never know!!
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I had a walk around the lake in a clockwise direction

Aston Expressway to my right


Looking back to SJ


A bit further round and a few more of SJ and the Aston Expressway




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