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photoblog image CH32: Jungfrau Tunnel

CH32: Jungfrau Tunnel

I got the idea that there were times this project would not have materialized. After conception, work began but the project was fraught with financial problems and a labour strike. Some workers were killed in an explosion and Adolf Zeller, the founder, died before completion of the tunnel. Today it is altogether a different story, millions of people are visiting it from all over the world.


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CH32: Jungfrau Tunnel

I got the idea that there were times this project would not have materialized. After conception, work began but the project was fraught with financial problems and a labour strike. Some workers were killed in an explosion and Adolf Zeller, the founder, died before completion of the tunnel. Today it is altogether a different story, millions of people are visiting it from all over the world.


photoblog image switzerland_jungfrau2013_030.jpg

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Sep 2013, 00:40
Fine low-light image, Ayush.
these are two superb images Ayush... it is a great tribute to Adolf Zeller....petersmile
Beautifully shot, Ayush.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 23 Sep 2013, 05:54
Imagine an undertaking like this with tools like that, Ayush
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Sep 2013, 06:20
Exactly as Lisl said, imagine them doing that today!
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 23 Sep 2013, 07:41
Great research Ayush and a fantastic piece of engineering work. I do wonder at hot it got its name.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Sep 2013, 07:48
It's engineering on an epic scale
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Sep 2013, 08:01
When I see these projects it is hard to imagine the work they put in it, in those days.
Great pictures.
That's quite incredible Ayush.
It's hard to take in what it must have been like. Thank yo for the information, Ayush.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Sep 2013, 11:28
When I read about the mishaps during building of this tunnel I thought of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The following from Wikipedia:
"While conducting surveys for the bridge project, Roebling sustained a crush injury to his foot when a ferry pinned it against a piling. After amputation of his crushed toes he developed a tetanus infection which left him incapacitated and soon resulted in his death, not long after he had placed his 32-year-old son Washington Roebling in charge of the project. Washington Roebling also suffered a paralyzing injury as a result of decompression sickness shortly after the beginning of construction on January 3, 1870. This condition, first called "caisson disease" by the project physician Andrew Smith, afflicted many of the workers working within the caissons. Roebling's debilitating condition left him unable to physically supervise the construction firsthand.
Roebling conducted the entire construction from his apartment with a view of the work, designing and redesigning caissons and other equipment. He was aided by his wife Emily Warren Roebling who provided the critical written link between her husband and the engineers on site. Under her husband's guidance, Emily studied higher mathematics, the calculations of catenary curves, the strengths of materials, bridge specifications, and the intricacies of cable construction. She spent the next 11 years assisting Washington Roebling, helping to supervise the bridge's construction."

This bridge almost used up a family.
Ayush Basu: wow... that really is something. thank you for sharing this.
Great lighting Ayush, very nice shot!
It is one of those projects that makes one wonder how they managed to do it, especially without all the modern aids and equipment we have these days.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Sep 2013, 13:12
I think you had to be slightly crazy to even think of building a railway through the mountain at that altitude but at least we all get to enjoy incredible views with the only effort being in passing over huge sums of money smile
  • Frances
  • United States
  • 23 Sep 2013, 14:50
A great picture of the mine Ayush.
What an engineering achievement this is, Ayush. The construction process must have been horrendous at times.
Many problems but they got there in the end. An interesting post Ayush
Just shows how difficult things are sometimes Ayush!
Very nice image.
These great feats of engineering often seen to have a story of tragedy and setback before the final marvel we see today
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Sep 2013, 22:18
A fascinating history and lovely images to go with it.

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