Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Alice and Millie

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.


29 comments:

  1. How fun to be able to see the progress of the tunnels. A little positive PR never hurts.

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    1. Jenny, yes PR is what it is about.

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  2. How fascinating.
    I love that they have been given names too.

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    1. EC, there are quite a few of them, all with famous female names.

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  3. I love that they females, so few accord given to females here in Newfoundland. I would be fascinated with those tunnels. I worked with a tunnel engineer back in the day and he used to get so many jokes about his work but it was truly challenging with top skills required.

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    1. WWW, it is such an automated process now. I can imagine the jokes.

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  4. Lots of good PR needed definitely-

    How will you know they are in the right 'spot'........a bit like knocking on an inside wall trying to find a solid beam to hammer in a nail lol

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    1. Cathy, we don't, but I suppose if they move each day........

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  5. I find those machines fascinating. 10 metres a day doesn't seem bad, I expect they meet with all sorts of obstacles along the way. What do you mean by 'colt'?

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    1. It was his nickname. Colt, young horse, from Kooyong, his electorate.

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  6. 10 meters a day seems like good progress to me. But then what do I know.

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  7. Your Metro Tunnels are going ahead while we still argue over whether the trainlines, tramlines and roads should be extended and how.

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    1. River, careful what you wish for. Your population is fairly static whereas ours has exploded, or had. It comes at a lifestyle cost.

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  8. Interesting.
    Wonder why they are female names, probably because they call cars 'she' and so on..

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    1. Margaret, I expect it is something like that.

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  9. How cute two moles Alice and Millie just in front or under your home digging tunnels ! Will be easy for you !

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    1. Gattina, waiting for vibrations as they get closer.

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  10. What a wonderful idea that they are posting tracking data on the progress. One of my great-grandfathers was a sandhog, a tunnel digger. There is a massive tunnel being dug under Washington DC, part of a drainage improvement project, but they won't say for sure where the route is.

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    1. Travel, that's interesting about not saying where the drainage route is heading. Terrorism?

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    2. Yes, likely it passes under or near the Capital complex, or some other building that raises concerns. There are a lot of strange things in this city, hiding in plain sight.

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  11. It's fun to be able to see their progress. I like that the machines got named :)

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    1. Sami, they are in a work zone at the moment, but they will soon just be under the road. I wonder how they will be marked then.

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  12. I can see how you would be fascinated by this Andrew, it's so right up your alley, your cup of tea.. I could go on 😀
    Btw just thinking about highrise window cleaning (few posts back) made my tum do a flip 😱

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    1. Grace, I have a photo of window cleaners working away on a high rise building in Perth.

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  13. Mesmerizing. Keep us posted on Alice and Millie.

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    1. Sandra, especially when they can be seen below, the signs that is.

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  14. Looks like a good start. We have been building an overhead rail system here in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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    1. Gigi, something for me to take a look at.

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