Penn Station’s Chasm Hall : Tunnel II

Penn Stations chasm JF CONDUIT
Proceeding past Junction Chamber 1, Triple Barrel Hall of the Jones Falls Conduit, the 3 tunnels combine into 2 massive tunnels, that run side by side. Again these conduits composition are made up of concrete all the way around. The river runs through the conduit on the right side (right side as your heading south) leaving explorer with no option other then to take the left tunnel. Immediately after Triple Barrel Hall the tunnels bear slightly to the right before straitening out again. The enormous size of these bad boys are incredible. More like underground urban sanatoriums. The ceilings are approximately 9-10 meters high (30 feet) and 5.5-6.0 meters (18-20ft) wide. Like massive, never ending hallways. Dependent upon the volume of the river, the early portions of this conduit has very little water.

Penn stations chasm hall
There are a number of drains both quite large and small that are positioned in the upper portion of the walls, towards the top of the ceiling. These drains outflow small buried streams. The explorer will quickly leave if this outflow starts hitting the opposing wall.
The brick foundations of buildings, occasionally can be seen peering out of the upper portions of the walls. Not long after trekking into this portion, there will be no more manholes portals high above the ceiling. The explorer is troubled about this as manhole portals provide natural ventilation. The explorer is constantly monitoring their vitals and continues assessing the air quality.

Drain inside of a drain

There is some notable graffiti art towards the end of this tunnel. One of the most impressive graffiti in the entire tunnel lies at the end of this section. Impressive due to the fact that it spans almost the entire face of the wall. Further research brings to light this style of graffiti is known as “Blockbuster graffiti” or “Roller Graffiti”. Its a massive piece of art with a hand holding a bottle, tagged by 1202 that reads “KEEP GOING —>” .

JF Conduit Graffiti artist baltimore1202 said to “KEEP GOING” so we kept going. We sure were glad we did…

The explorer usually chooses this spot as a short checkpoint. Footage is shot, O2 blood saturation, vitals  and a general safety check is preformed. The explorer notes this spot as nearing  the original, brick laden, Portland concrete poured, 100 year old section of the Jones Falls Conduit, Junction Chamber II. Also known as the, Goliath Chamber. Perhaps this is where the “KEEP GOING” comes from, because you are almost there!

Looking North

hall maw

Looking South near Junction Chamber I

The Mouth of Jonesy: Entrance
Jonesy’s Nares: Tunnel Section I
Triple Barrel Hall: Junction Chamber I
Penn Station’s Chasm Hall: Tunnel Section II
Goliath Chamber: Junction Chamber II
Hendrick’s Folly : Tunnel III
Flume Chamber: Jonesy’s Last & Final Run

Do not try to access the Jones Falls Conduit! It’s dangerous. Getting caught within, or even trying to get in, probably could be considered a serious offense. Especially after the events of 9/11. These pages provides a complete virtual tour of the system that you can enjoy without risking your life or a criminal record. An explorer already risked their life, so that you can explore virtually from home… so stay safe, and stay away!