Cold-War History in Manchester
The Guardian Underground Telephone Exchange

The following pictures were taken during the construction of the Guardian Underground Telephone Exchange under Manchester city centre.

THESE PICTURES ARE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MANCHESTER CIVIC SOCIETY AND WERE NOT TAKEN DURING THEIR VISIT TO THE EXCHANGE.

AT 3 Lower Level Fan Section - View towards AT7 - April 1958

AT 3 Lower Level Fan Section - View towards AT7 - April 1958

 
AT 3 Lower Level Fan Section - View towards AT8 - April 1958

AT 3 Lower Level Fan Section - View towards AT8  - April 1958

 
AT 3 Lower Level Fan Section - View towards AT8 from AT7 end - April 1958
AT 3 Lower Level Fan Section - View towards AT8 from AT7 end  - April 1958
 
AT 3 Upper level TRS Power Room View from AT8 end - April1958
AT 3 Upper level TRS Power Room View from AT8 end - April1958
 
AT 7 Shaft 5 end Fan walls during construction - April 1958
AT 7 Shaft 5 end Fan walls during construction - April 1958
 
AT 7 View from Shaft 5 end - April 1958
AT 7 View from Shaft 5 end - April 1958
 
AT 8 TE Section View from mid partition wall - April 1958
AT 8 TE Section View from mid partition wall - April 1958
 
Concreted Cable tube between Tunnels 7 and 8 - 13 March 1956
Concreted Cable tube between Tunnels 7 and 8 - 13 March 1956
 
Foot of Shaft 7A showing Sika treatment in progress - 17 June 1955
Foot of Shaft 7A showing Sika treatment in progress - 17 June 1955
 
Interior of Surface building (Back George St) showing mobile slab - 15 Nov 1960
Interior of Surface building (Back George St) showing mobile slab - 15 Nov 1960
 
North Cable Tube 1st Arch 450ft in to Site 12 - 17 June 1955
North Cable Tube 1st Arch 450ft in to Site 12 - 17 June 1955
 
Tunnel No 8 Portal frames for main floor being erected by means of compressed air winch and jib mounted on a Eimco locomotive - 13 March 1956
Tunnel No 8 Portal frames for main floor being erected by means of compressed air winch and jib mounted on a Eimco locomotive - 13 March 1956
 
AT 8 Cable Chamber View from Shaft 6 end - April 1958
AT 8 Cable Chamber View from Shaft 6 end - April 1958
 
Cable Tube Spur - Sika treatment of water inlet - 17 June 1955
Cable Tube Spur - Sika treatment of water inlet - 17 June 1955
 
North Cable Tube invert sections between site 11 adit and point approx 450ft to Site 12 - 17 June 1955
North Cable Tube invert sections between site 11 adit and point approx 450ft to Site 12 - 17 June 1955
 
North Cable Tube view from spur junction to main site - 17 June 1955
North Cable Tube view from spur junction to main site - 17 June 1955
 
North Cable Tube view inside shutter 450ft in from Site 11 adit towards Site 12 - 17 June 1955
North Cable Tube view inside shutter  450ft in from Site 11 adit towards Site 12 - 17 June 1955
 
Surface building (Back George St) nearing completion viewed form North corner - 15 Nov 1960
Surface building (Back George St) nearing completion viewed form North corner - 15 Nov 1960
 
North Cable Tube shutter in position for second arch 450ft in from Site 11 adit - 17 June 1955
North Cable Tube shutter in position for second arch 450ft in from Site 11 adit - 17 June 1955

If anyone reading this has any more information on the underground installations in Manchester please email me at: atomic@cybertrn.demon.co.uk

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Copyright 2000 George Coney
Last updated 24 January 2000