Disasters Underground
Nick McCamley
 
Home Fauld Llanberis Linley Chilmark Posion Gas
 

Click on the covers
to link to Amazon



 

Llanberis

Llanberis in north Wales and Harpur Hill in Derbyshire were artificial underground depots which consisted of concrete vaults built in worked-out quarries covered with forty feet of loose rock. But in an effort to save money their construction was under-specified – with disastrous effect!

On 25 January 1942 an ammunition train was about to be unloaded in the underground sidings at Llanberis when nearly half the depot suddenly collapsed like a house of cards and as the fragile arches gave way thousands of tons of loose rock poured in from above.

  Click on thumbnails to see larger photographs

  Back to top