Saturday, 13 March 2010

Brunel's Thames Tunnel

Thames Tunnel

On Friday and Saturday, about 2000 members of the public were given the rare privilege of walking the Thames Tunnel and back before the reopening of the (extended) East London Line which normally runs through it. I was one of those people.

To quote wikipedia: "The Thames Tunnel is an underwater tunnel, built beneath the River Thames in London, United Kingdom connecting Rotherhithe and Wapping. It measures 35 feet (11 m) wide by 20 feet (6 m) high and is 1,300 feet (396 m) long, running at a depth of 75 feet (23 m) below the river's surface (measured at high tide). It was the first tunnel known successfully to have been constructed underneath a navigable river, and was built between 1825 and 1843 using Marc Isambard Brunel's newly invented tunnelling shield technology, by him and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel."

Photos of my visit are available on my flickr account here.

2 comments:

  1. What an historic opportunity to revisit this Victorian engineering marvel. Love your photo of it!

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  2. How amazing, what a treat. Thanks for sharing.

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