Building the London Underground

Today, tunnels such as those for the London Crossrail and HS2 railway line projects, are dug mechanically by huge machines but much of the London Underground system was excavated by hand, moving forward one inch at a time. This photograph from the Victorian period, shows men at the rock face, either hacking at it with pickaxes or possibly using hydraulic drills, then loading trucks to remove it.

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