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The "Workshop" they talk about, is very obviously the ‘Connecting Shed’ as virtually all the eyewitnesses refer to it as a "large workshop" and they all refer to the tunnel being at "the end of it".

On page 210 (C.D.Colson) is found another clue in that the entrance was about 8 ft high and 10 ft wide, and the anomalies shown on the 1930 photo (below) look like what might be door hangers on sliding doors.


Comparing the size of the door on the Chippies Shop… A standard door is around 6 ft 6 inches and the window tops in this image (below) are maybe a foot higher(?) and if you carry this line around to the anomalies... allow for the door hangers...then you have your 8 ft high doors...and remember he was only going from an estimation - and his memory… although Desmond Harrop’s memory(page 172) put it at 15 ft high by 20 ft wide, in other words, a bigger than normal entrance!

C.D.Colson says they were double grill doors. Other reports refer to the doors being double iron gates, and this is what I can envisage he means as “grill doors”. Note also the rather worn looking track going towards the cliff face and the angle of it looks too close to the shed to provide a rail wagon the correct radius for a left turn into the shed. This of course could just be an optical illusion and this is presuming that the worn track is a rail line, but if it isn't, then why would it join up with the track coming in from the Jetty? The most logical place for a railway line to go into a tunnel would be straight ahead into the cliff.

There was a small room attached alongside the shed, and that would mean the railway line would have had to go through that… it doesn’t make sense… unless of course that they no longer needed to use the railway line to go into the workshop at that time. This extension was there in 1910, not there in 1940 (according to the photos), but was there in 1948, along with another shed that protruded almost right over to the Chippies Shop (shown in the photo below), so this could indicate that this railway line was not needed for a period sometime after 1940. There are two eyewitness accounts of the rail tracks going into the tunnel after those dates (page 83- 1954-62, and page 188- 1967), so it appears the tracks were at least still there. It would have been interesting to know if they were still in use when these witnesses saw them… but as the army left in 1958, I guess there was no more need to use them?

In the photo below (taken 27 Jan 1948), you can just see the outer edge of this extension (?) to the Workshop (or is it the tunnel?).

I originally though it may have been part of the tunnel, but cannot guarantee it. This shows the benefit of having plenty of photos to compare things to! The anomaly just to the upper right of the edge of this extension on the cliff face is interesting though….

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