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Models built for the 'Tunnels' Secretary's Challenge

The Challenge:

This Challenge celebrates the fact that 2018 was designated 'The Year of Engineering' by the UK government. The London Transport Museum marked it with two new exhibitions that took visitors behind the scenes to discover how engineers shape the world around us - 'Digging Deeper' and 'The Secret Life of a Megaproject' (i.e. Crossrail, which, for our foreign members who may not know, is a new mainline railway line, a lot of which is in tunnels under the centre of London).

The challenge, therefore, is to build a model which has something to do with tunnels. 


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Built for the Tunnels Secretary's Challenge"Inspecting the Coal Face"

Built by Chris Fry

 
 
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Built for the Tunnels Secretary's ChallengeCrossrail 'Phyllis' Tunnel Boring Machine

Built by Chris Warrell

This model was based on a photo of Phyllis, the (Tunnel Boring Machine) TBM for the Royal Oak to Farringdon tunnel (Drive X): Crossrail's first pair of tunnelling machines, along with Ada. They were delivered to Westbourne Park, just west of Paddingto...
 
 
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Built for the Tunnels Secretary's ChallengeCrossrail Tunnel Section with Tram

Built by Brian Elvidge

Crossrail is the largest engineering project in Europe, creating a line from Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east to Reading and Heathrow in the west. The model is built using flanged rings, between which are 12½" strips covered by flexible pla...
 
 
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Built for the Tunnels Secretary's ChallengeGym Horse

Built by Peter Clay

A gym horse, underneath which was concealed the escape tunnel entrance in The Great Escape .
 
 
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Built for the Tunnels Secretary's ChallengeThames Tideway Tunnel Boring Machine

Built by John Gay

This 900 ton tunnelling machine was used to bore the 16 mile Thames Tideway Tunnel 'Super Sewer', the deepest tunnel ever to be dug under London, which runs from West to East London.
 
 
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Built for the Tunnels Secretary's ChallengeThe Time Tunnel

Built by Brian Leach

The false-perspective Time Tunnel from the 1966 American science-fiction TV series written by Irwin Allen.
 
 
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Built for the Tunnels Secretary's ChallengeTunnel Boring Machine

Built by Eric Smith

 
 
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Built for the Tunnels Secretary's ChallengeTunnel Truck Tipper

Built by Richard Marsden

 
 
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Built for the Tunnels Secretary's ChallengeTunnel Ventilation Fan

Built by Guy Loveridge

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