Dozens of classic cars abandoned in collapsed train tunnel
It’s human nature to bury the dead. Maybe that’s why it’s so eerie to look through this collection of photos showing a group of classic cars rotting away in a disused, collapsed train tunnel–it’s like peering into a crypt, disturbing the spirits within.
There’s a long story behind these leprosic husks and their resting place, a ruined piece of late-Victorian infrastructure in northwest England. After the trains stopped running decades ago, the tunnel was converted into a subterranean car repair shop, then subsequently abandoned in 2012 when a large ceiling collapse threatened the integrity of the entire complex.
Everything was left behind–customer cars, old projects, tools and equipment, and older abandoned vehicles that predated the shop itself–and the place was sealed off. Recently, a local photographer named Kyle May got access to the tunnel from its current owner and agreed to share his photos with The Drive on the condition that we don’t publish its exact location to help safeguard it from scavengers. You’ll notice that some of the chambers look surprisingly clean and well-lit–that’s because the property was actually being used to film a movie at the time.
But you’re here for the cars, of which there are at least 20, running the gamut from a late-50s Land Rover Series II to 1979 Lotus Elite to a 1992 Mitsubishi Pajero 2-Door. Some have fared better than others–or at least spent a little less time underground. License plate checks (again, blurred out on May’s request) show that a few were on the road as recently as 2012, while the most haggard have been down there for thirty years or more.
So enjoy this creepy photo tour, and remember: you never know what lies under your feet. (Photos courtesy of Kyle May)
This 1986 Ford Capri has (had?) a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter engine making a whopping 72 horsepower. The optional Laser appearance package unfortunately didn’t offer any actual lasers. It’s notable both for being a collectible little rear-drive coupe and also one of the last Capris ever built, rolling off the line at the tail end of 1986 in the model’s final year of production.
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