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31,147.  He proposed a tunnel: two miles long ... He built this exquisite, elaborate and very expensive facade but inside it was unlined ... The opening of the Box Tunnel meant a straight and level run from London to Bristol in four hours, thirteen hours faster than the mail coach.  (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Railways & Tunnel)  Jeremy Clarkson, Great Britons: Brunel BBC

 

 

50,102.  It took six years to build this tunnel under atrocious conditions ... Cut and cover – where they dig a great tunnel through the hillside and then put in the centring ... Lay the masonry which had all been cut to shape ... Cover the whole lot up ... Withdraw the wedges from underneath the centring ... And keep advancing like that ... A beautiful stone arch tunnel.  (Canal & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Tunnel & Great Britain & England)  Fred Dibnah’s Building of Modern Britain: Building the Canals

 

 

50,112.  Brindley had some serious problems to overcome ... It was an extraordinary feat of engineering.  And it took great courage and huge bravado to even conceive of doing this: the newspapers called it the Eighth Wonder of the World ... His extraordinary tunnel is now disused.  (Canal & Tunnel & Boat & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  Mark Williams: Industrial Revelations: Clocking On e3

 

50,113.  Because he’d already set the dimensions of the tunnel at seven feet wide all boats now on this system are the dimensions of this working boat, about seventy by seven, a ratio of ten to one: a narrow-boat.  (Canal & Tunnel & Boat & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  ibid.

 

 

47,857.  Box Hill.  Couldn’t go over it.  Had to go through it ... He [Brunel] was going to drive two seven-foot broad-gauge lines through this hill.  This is Box Tunnel – at nearly two miles long it was the greatest railway tunnel ever attempted, and an infamous piece of engineering if ever there was one.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Tunnel)  Mark Williams on the Rails: Brunel

 

47,858.  Over a hundred men lost their lives, and many many more were seriously injured and maimed.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Tunnel)  ibid. 

 

 

48,011.  Tunnelling under the Thames has been as Great British obsession for many years.  (Underground Trains & Tunnel & Engineering & Railway)  The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway II, BBC 2014

 

 

50,121.  No-one had ever built a tunnel for a canal before.  It was nicknamed Le Mal-Pas (the bad step).  (Canal & Tunnel)  Ronald Top, Industrial Revelations: The European Story: The Canal King

 

 

48,002.  The first underground lines were built just under the surface using a technique called Cut & Cover.  (Underground Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & England & Tunnel)  The Tube: An Underground History, BBC 2013

 

48,003.  The Greathead Shield was the tunnelling machine pioneered by Brunel that made it possible to dig through the clay deep under London.  (Underground Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & England & Tunnel)  ibid.

 

 

50,415.  Tommy Slocombe’s tunnelling ... That tunnel spells disaster to us all.  (Prison & Tunnel)  Porridge Christmas Special 1975: No Way Out, Fletch

 

 

53,606.  After six months of digging a secret tunnel from Saltillo Prison, Mexico, 75 convicts made their daring bid for freedom, only to find that their tunnel emerged in the nearby courtroom where many of them had been sentenced.  The surprised judges quickly sent them back to jail.  Ripleys Believe It Or Not! 2006

 

 

53,607.  If you could drive straight down, into a tunnel bored through the crust of the planet, you’d hit this molten mess in about an hour.  It’s called the asthenosphere – a sluggish sea, several hundred miles thick, on which floats the Earth’s cool epidermis – the so-called tectonic plates.  (Tunnel & Under Ground)  Seth Shostak

 

 

60,621.  The tunnels were re-excavated at the end of the nineteenth, the beginning of the twentieth century, by Lieutenant Warren of the Royal Engineers.  And he found Templar artefacts scattered about throughout the tunnels.  (Knights Templar & Tunnel & Artefacts)  Dr Tim Wallace-Murphy

 

 

60,622.  They spent nine years tunnelling through solid rock, and then a series of radiating tunnels underneath.  What they discovered down there has been a matter of intense speculation ever since.  (Knights Templar & Tunnel)  Dr Tim Wallace-Murphy

 

 

91,836.  10) Lefortovo Tunnel Moscow: three crashes every day ... The world’s craziest tunnel.  The Worlds Most Extreme Tunnels, Channel 4 2015

 

9) 2nd Avenue Subway Tunnel: under New York and Manhattan.

 

8) War tunnels of Vietnam.  

 

7) Survival bunker in Kansas: five-star living in nuclear missile silo.

 

6) Shanghai’s psychedelic tunnel: world’s weirdest.

 

5) Guoliang: China's hand-built tunnel through a mountain.

 

4) Afghanistan’s tunnel built by Soviets.  

 

3) Tunnels through Swiss Alps

 

2) Tokyo’s storm drains.

 

1) Mexico’s drug-smuggling tunnels.

 

 

92,006.  Secret passages: Arizona 14th February 2014: Federal authorities confiscate forty-six pounds of marijuana and a half-pound of heroin inside a small home along the US/Mexico border ... A four hundred and eighty-one foot drug-smuggling tunnel.  (Under Ground & Smuggling & Tunnel)  Americas Book of Secrets: Secret Underground, H2 2014

 

92,007.  Underground smuggling tunnels discovered along the US border.  (Under Ground & Smuggling & Tunnel)  ibid.

 

 

92,016.  Some of the big gang boys.  Look at them.  Hah.  All done no good on last week’s pools so they’re back to heaving dirty big rails about in the tunnel.  Yes – while you’re pressing the mattress there’s me and one thousand one hundred and nineteen others hard at it down the hole.  (Underground Trains & Tunnel)  Night on Film: An A-Z of the Dark, BBC 2011

 

92,017.  Into the cavernous blackness of the twisting tunnels between the rails that link station to station, office to home, the Fluffers march each midnight ... Like glow-worms, night by night the Fluffers was behind the years of London’s tube trains.  Yes, these are the Fluffers.  People of another world, who see the sunshine only for a fleeting hour one day.  (Underground Trains & Tunnel)  ibid.   

 

 

96,253.  This operation took place in Cold War Berlin ... After sixty years the CIA has finally declassified its files ... The secret construction of a five-hundred-metre spy tunnel.  (Berlin & Cold War & Spy & Tunnel)  Spies Beneath Berlin, Quest 2015

 

96,254.  The British were also partners in this tunnel ... The year is 1952: West Berlin is an island in a communist sea.  East and West are squaring up over the barbed wire.  Berlin had become a city of spies.  (Berlin & Cold War & Spy & Tunnel)  ibid.

 

96,255.  The Soviets already know what they are up to.  (Berlin & Cold War & Spy & Tunnel)  ibid.  

 

 

40,190.  I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel.  (Football & See & Tunnel)  Stuart Pearce, 1992 football commentary

 

 

98,335.  The Simplon tunnel is over twelve miles long, and is in fact the longest railway tunnel in the world.  (Train & Tunnel)  The Venice-Simplon Orient Express I, Movies4men

 

 

107,269.  Deep beneath America’s most notorious prison a recent discovery is revealing old rumours of secret tunnel systems.  (Under Ground & Tunnel & Alcatraz)  Secrets of the Underground s1e1, Discovery 2017  

 

107,271.  Over the decades there were at least fourteen separate escape attempts by at least 36 different inmates.  (Under Ground & Tunnel & Alcatraz & Escape)  ibid.

 

 

107,521.  In a major city riddled with underground passageways could a shadow government be planning the end of days?  I’ll deploy advanced sonic technology to see through the walls under Denver.  And in Ohio mystery shrouds an ancient mound shaped like a serpent.  (Under Ground & Tunnel & Denver & Ohio)  Secrets of the Underground s1e2

 

107,522.  Denver: some believe this idyllic metropolis is hiding an enormous secret … a secret network of tunnels.  (Under Ground & Tunnel & Denver & Ohio)  ibid.

 

107,523.  The peculiar symbols scattered throughout the terminal … Exhibit A: a series of giant murals … which appears to portray the Apocalypse.  (Under Ground & Tunnel & Denver & Ohio)  ibid.

 

107,525.  So there’s still a debate about who built the mound and why.  (Under Ground & Tunnel & Ohio)  ibid.

 

 

107,816.  In the heart of Kentucky Bourbon country below one of Louisville’s elite hotels lies a series of forgotten tunnels: was this the secret escape route of notorious gangster Al Capone?  (Under Ground & Tunnel)  Secrets of the Underground s1e3  

 

 

113,756.  One of the greatest ever feats of engineering – this tunnel under the Thames.  (Engineering & Tunnel & River Thames)  Rob Bell, Brunel: The Man Who Built Britain, Channel 5 2017

 

113,760.  Box Hill: The longest tunnel in the world … In the blasting of Box Tunnel Brunel’s men went through a ton of candles and a ton of gunpowder every single week.  (Engineering & Tunnel)  ibid.

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