Just a few photos taken the other day when out rambling last week.

Over at the Limmo Peninsular, where two tunnel boring machines have been sent off towards Canary Wharf, what was a site occupied by digging down two huge shafts in the ground, is now a marshalling yard for concrete segments going down, and soil coming back up.

While I was there, in just a few minutes, three truck loads of concrete passed the site, and the two huge gantry cranes were busy shifting big stacks of future tunnel linings.

Future crossrail tunnel linings

Future crossrail tunnel linings

Small locomotive

Small locomotive

Gantry crane shifting concrete segments

Gantry crane shifting concrete segments

A little further to the East is the Connaught Tunnel.

Here, they have had to block off a small section of canal that links two docks and are excavating the bottom of the dock out to reveal the roof of the old Victorian tunnel that runs underneath it.

I have recounted the whats and whys of that already.

The Connaught Tunnel site

The Connaught Tunnel site

Here be tunnels!

Here be tunnels!

Overlooking the Connaught Tunnel

Overlooking the Connaught Tunnel

Excavating the tunnel site

Excavating the tunnel site

At the base of the Connaught Tunnel dig

At the base of the Connaught Tunnel dig

A worker I shouted a question to thinks it will take about 4 weeks to reach the top of the tunnel, which seems a long time to me, but maybe they are being very careful with the last metre or so of digging?

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3 Comments

  1. Stewart John

    Great photos, Ian, many thanks. And informative, as usual.

    But it’s Limmo Peninsula, not Peninsular. Peninsular is an adjective, as in Peninsular War.

  2. Mike Jordan

    Bit off topic but what is the origin of the name “Limmo Peninsular”?
    I can’t find it anywhere – curses!

    Mike

    • IanVisits

      Curiously, I’ve asked that as well.

      No one is entirely sure where the name came from. The best guess amongst some of the managers on the building site is a corruption of Lea Mouth said quickly, but they really don’t know.

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