GAUTRAIN TUNNEL BREAKTHROUGH

TUNNELING TOWARDS E1, CAVERN EXCAVATION AT 99M

TUNNELING TOWARDS E1, CAVERN EXCAVATION AT 99M

The 15.5km tunnel between Johannesburg’s Park station and Rosebank has been holed through following three years of excavation. A final blast destroyed the remaining four metres of rock separating workers advancing northwards from Park station and others working southwards from Emergency shaft E2 at The Wilds in Houghton. Eighty-nine holes had been pre-drilled in the rock face for the placing of explosive charges. A South African flag was held up, people posed for photographs and bottles of champagne were popped. (The tunnel between Shaft E2 and Rosebank was holed through some time ago.)

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