On Monday I will be attending, on behalf of the ERL, a launch of a photographic exhibition of the opening of the Summit Tunnel 175 years ago. The exhibition is being held at the Bury Transport Museum. The exhibition will be opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.
The tunnel was mined by hand through shale, coal and sandstone, then lined with six courses of bricks (using over 23 million bricks in all) to form the horseshoe shape. As a former bricklayer, that’s a lot of bricks and plenty of backache!!. It was aligned by drilling fourteen vertical shafts to provide survey points on the hillside above: after the tunnel was completed two shafts were closed and the remaining twelve were used as blast relief shafts to vent steam from the locomotives that passed through.
When completed in 1841, it was the longest railway tunnel in the world. Please come along and find out more about those hardy souls who achieved such a marvel of engineering for the age.
On Tuesday I am attending the Trust Board Executive where we do a lot of progress chasing on the Trust’s various projects. We will also be discussing the maintenance programme to a number of bridges and structures covering the next 12 months.
On Thursday a bit of networking, when I meet the Principal at Bury College to look at any opportunities for closer work and promoting our volunteer programme.
On the same day I will be representing the ELR at a Gala Evening in the Great Hall at the National Railway Museum York. I am the guest of Mike Hulme from Alstom.