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THE OTIRA TUNNEL.

WORKMEN AND WORK SATISFAC-i TORY. Excellent progress is being made with the Arthur's Pass tunnel, says Mr. Murdoch McLean, who arrived in Auckland from the South to-day, and: everything is going along very satisfactorily. The men appear to be working in perfect contentment, and are making good money, the bonus money earned by 22 men last week being £20. With the heading the tunnel is now iv about 38 chains, while between three and four chains of widening out is almost completed. The whole of the block-making plant, including mixers, stone-breakers, shaking tables, block. yards, sheds, and buildings in connection with them should now he" in operation, remarked Mr. McLean, as they were almost finished when he left on Sunday. At the Bealey end of the tunnel all the machinery ha 3 been installed, and the pipes are being laid for the water supply to the generating plant, and all should be ready for attacking the tunnel at that end within the next fortnight or three weeks. The cutting approaching the tunnel at that end, and which is very heavy, is also just about completed, he says. Altogether, added Mr. McLean, they had every reason to be thoroughly 'satisfied with progress, which coincides with what the Minister for Public Works remarked when he recently visited the tunnel operations.

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THE OTIRA TUNNEL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 90, 16 April 1909

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