The tiny abandoned house in underground tunnel that train passengers may have missed

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Passengers traveling in and out of Liverpool may have caught a glimpse of a tiny house in one of the underground tunnels along the train line. Though the miniature house, which sits between the tracks at Lime Street Station, could easily be missed as its black bricks camouflage into the darkness.

The eerie house cannot be visited as there are live railway tracks on either side, making it dangerous to reach. However while the station was closed for renovation works in 2017, one worker was able to take a photograph of the blackened house complete with its chimney.

It is believed to be more than a century old and was originally built as a “mess hut,” according to Network Rail. Track workers would take their breaks inside the hut while on shift – and there’s still a bench and fireplace inside, Liverpool Echo reports.

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A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We’ve always known it was there but many passengers may not. Due to its location and the angle when entering Lime Street you would miss it on your journey through the station.”

The miniature house is located deep in the tunnels running between Liverpool Lime Street on the way from Edge Hill. While the house sits close to one of Liverpool’s busiest commuter lines, it can only be accessed when trains aren’t running.



A picture of the tiny house on the train tracks at Liverpool Lime Street lit up
The secret house tucked away in the darkness of the rail tunnels approaching Lime Street station

Back in 2018, the ECHO was offered an exclusive look inside the old structure in the early hours, before services started. Looking at the dark building, it can be hard to imagine anyone spending any length of time inside.

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The house has been disused for at least 50 years, with parts of the floor crumbling away – but you can still make out some signs of the hut’s former use. Explaining the history of the property, Graeme Whitehead of Network Rail said: “In years gone by track maintenance gangs would have come here, they’d have had their lunch, a cup of coffee, lit the fire, and waited in between trains.



Inside the tiny house on the train tracks at Liverpool Lime Street with a wooden bench
Inside the abandoned ‘mess hut’

“We have no plans to do anything with it, it will stay here, it’s protected beneath the tunnels and will remain locked in history forever more. It’s difficult to see if you’re a passenger on a train.

“If the light’s in the right place you can just about see the outline of it but it’s a little gem that’s locked away and kept in the dark.”



A fireplace inside the tiny house on the train tracks at Liverpool Lime Street
“It’s a little gem that’s locked away”

Benches run down both sides, with a table in the center and a fireplace used by workers to keep warm between trains in the winter months. Engineers also found an old kettle, a cup and tongs used to move materials in the fireplace.

When the ECHO was allowed to visit the hut in 2018, Network Rail were preparing for the second phase of an upgrade from June 2 to July 29, designed to allow Lime Street to welcome more and longer trains. However, the hut remained untouched as part of the works.



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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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