A number of tunnel boring machines are busy under Melbourne with construction of the Metro Rail Tunnels. There will be two parallel nine kilometre tunnels under the city and rising in the inner suburbs to connect to the existing on ground mainlines.
One borer set off from what will be our local station a couple of weeks ago in the direction of South Yarra and the other has just started. I like that these markers show the progress of the machines. Although they bore 24/7, they only move 10 metres per day and I am not sure they are even doing that well at the moment.
Millie is named after Millie Peacock, Victoria's first female parliamentarian.I have checked and she is not related to former born with a silver spoon in his mouth politician and Colt from Kooyong Andrew Peacock. Alice Appleford was an honoured nurse in both world wars.
I will be watching the progress of Millie and Alice.