Plan showing position of Arthur's Pass Tunnel

Plan showing position of Arthur's Pass Tunnel

Acceptance of tender for the Arthur's Pass Tunnel. Plan of the Midland Railway, showing position of tunnel and some views of the completed sections

Newspaper caption: The tunnel, for which the contract has just been let to Messrs J. McLean and Sons for £599,794, will be 17 feet high, 15 feet wide, and 5 miles 25 chains 12 feet in length. It will be lined throughout. The Government engineer's estimate was £534,000. The conditions provided for alternative tenders for completion in four years or in five years. The fine dotted line shows the track of the railway, the heavy dotted line being the old West Coast road. At present travellers from the eastern side journey by train to Broken River, the new road following the track of the railway as nearly as possible to the River Cass, thence on to Otira by the old road. (1) Arthur's Pass section. Bridge over the Rolleston River, looking towards Otira. (2) Bridge over Rocky Creek, between Staircase Gully and Broken River. (3) View at Broken River Station yard, looking towards Springfield, showing Broken River Bridge, Rocky Creek Bridge, and No. 9 Tunnel.


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Weekly Press, 24 July 1907, p.48


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