A metal walkway forms an L shape around a chamber, a large 20ft trunk sewer flows beneath. Two sets of well maintained machinery allow massive penstocks to be closed to send the flow down another route.
Optimus Prime is a large culvert that takes the River Irk underground for it's final stretch before the outfall into the Irwell. I met up with Nckt and Jim Gillette to have a look.
The Works is the giant brick overflow for the Moston brook, packed full of features and easy to access it's become a right of passage for many Manchester drainers.
When I saw RCP through the grated infall I thought this would be another of Bury's boring prefab systems. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised when after a short length the concrete turned to stone and joined another culvert.
Located near one of Manchester's fringe towns are two large CSO tanks. This one is built from concrete and is one of the largest underground spaces I have seen.
The drain starts off in brick around 7ft tall. This then alternates between short stretches of RCP where repairs have been made, before opening up into a large egg shaped section.
Hidden on the riverbank of the Irwell the outfall looks like a portal into a time gone by.