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The work of removing the machinery from the Abbot’s Cliff, leading to the shaft of Shakespeare’s Cliff in connection with the Channel Tunnel experiments, is now complete, having occupied upwards of two months, and boring operations will probably be commenced again immediately. The scheme is now in the hands of the South Eastern Railway Company, who, we understand, have entered into a contract for the drilling to be extended another mile. For the present the boring will be continued in the direction of Dover. Several workshops and sheds have been erected at the mouth o f the shaft, and a powerful engine has been fitted up for compressing the air with which to work the machinery and for ventilating purposes. The arrangements are now much more complete than formerly, and are calculated greatly to expedite the work. The cuttings from the face of the chalk are carried to the rear of the engine by “cups,” and afterwards in an iron “ skiff” from the engine to the mouth of the shaft by means of pulleys attached to a chain which is worked by machinery.

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THE CHANNEL TUNNEL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 535, 16 January 1882

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THE CHANNEL TUNNEL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 535, 16 January 1882

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