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Tunnels Collection

Tunnels have long been a fascinating feat of engineering, capturing the imagination and transporting us to hidden worlds

Background imageTunnels Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel with chains

Isambard Kingdom Brunel with chains
Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 - 1859) Designer and builder of railroads, bridges, tunnels, steamships, docks &c. pictured in front of the launching chain of the Great Eastern

Background imageTunnels Collection: Badger & Mole / Willow

Badger & Mole / Willow
Badger & Mole on their way to rescue the Toad: " Crossing the hall, they passed down one of the principal tunnels". Date: First published: 1908

Background imageTunnels Collection: The hollow head of the Sphinx, Egypt

The hollow head of the Sphinx, Egypt
Remarkable discoveries within the Sphinx: the temple within its hollow head. Professor G. A. Reisners interesting discoveries. A diagrammatic view of hidden temples and a stairway inside the Sphinx

Background imageTunnels Collection: The Thames Tunnel between Wapping and Rotherhithe

The Thames Tunnel between Wapping and Rotherhithe, designed and constructed by Marc Isambard Brunel. circa 1840s

Background imageTunnels Collection: Red torii gate tunnel at Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Red torii gate tunnel at Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Background imageTunnels Collection: The Ghost Train, travel on the thrills and laughter line

The Ghost Train, travel on the thrills and laughter line
The Ghost Train, Do you feel like Nothing on Earth? Then there is an Express reason why you should see The Ghost Train with a real Bogey

Background imageTunnels Collection: Senbon Torii, tunnels of red torii gates, at Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Senbon Torii, tunnels of red torii gates, at Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Background imageTunnels Collection: Box Tunnel, Wilts

Box Tunnel, Wilts
Isambard Kingdom Brunels famous Box Tunnel, Corsham, Wiltshire, took 5 years (1836- 41) to build. Two miles long, it was the longest railway tunnel in Europe when it opened

Background imageTunnels Collection: I K Brunel / Chain Cdv

I K Brunel / Chain Cdv
ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL Designer and builder of railroads, bridges, tunnels, steamships, docks &c. pictured in front of the anchor chain of the Great Eastern

Background imageTunnels Collection: Senbon tunnel of Torii gates, Fushimi Inari shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Senbon tunnel of Torii gates, Fushimi Inari shrine, Kyoto, Japan
Senbon Torii, tunnels of red torii gates, at Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Background imageTunnels Collection: Narrow boat entering a tunnel, Llangollen Canal, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Narrow boat entering a tunnel, Llangollen Canal, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageTunnels Collection: Brunels Thames Tunnel

Brunels Thames Tunnel
Brunels Thames tunnel - the method of work, whereby a number of labourers could work side by side

Background imageTunnels Collection: I K Brunel / Anon

I K Brunel / Anon
ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL Designer and builder of railroads, bridges, tunnels, steamships, docks &c

Background imageTunnels Collection: Thames Tunnel entrance

Thames Tunnel entrance
A view of the entrance to the Wapping-Rotherhithe tunnel under the Thames, the worlds first underwater tunnel, completed by Marc Brunel in 1843

Background imageTunnels Collection: Rome / Colosseum 1827

Rome / Colosseum 1827
The four-storey structure had a moveable canopy, a safety net to protect the audience, a network of underground tunnels, and floors that could flood for mock sea battles!

Background imageTunnels Collection: Tunnel of red torii gates, Fushimi Inari shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Tunnel of red torii gates, Fushimi Inari shrine, Kyoto, Japan
Senbon Torii, tunnels of red torii gates, at Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Background imageTunnels Collection: Ramsgate tunnels as air raid shelters, WWII

Ramsgate tunnels as air raid shelters, WWII
At a depth of 90 feet below the surface an entrance in Ramsgate leads to long tunnels and chambers carved out of the chalk cliffs

Background imageTunnels Collection: Severn Tunnel Diver

Severn Tunnel Diver
The brave diver Alexander Lambert descending the shaft into the flooded tunnel. In Fleuss diving gear, he closed the headwall door and prevented further flooding

Background imageTunnels Collection: Firefighters at work in London Underground

Firefighters at work in London Underground
Firefighters at work in the carriage of a London Underground train following an incident on 28 February 1975. The train had failed to stop at Moorgate station

Background imageTunnels Collection: Mine and Countermine by Heath Robinson

Mine and Countermine by Heath Robinson
A tunnelling stand off between a British and German soldier with the German soldier eventually burrowing so deeply he falls out of the other side of the world. Date: 1915

Background imageTunnels Collection: Tube stations transformed by G. H. Davis

Tube stations transformed by G. H. Davis
A Piccadilly Circus underground: tube stations transformed. The maze of London tubes: wonderful new junctions completed or in progress of construction. Date: 1927

Background imageTunnels Collection: I K Brunel / Col Portrait

I K Brunel / Col Portrait
ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL Designer and builder of railroads, bridges, tunnels, steamships, docks &c. Portrait at his desk. Date: 1806 - 1859

Background imageTunnels Collection: Reassembling an underground tunnel, this latest picture of the Bristol aircraft companies

Reassembling an underground tunnel, this latest picture of the Bristol aircraft companies giant Brabazon, which when completed, will be the " Queen Elizabeth" of the air

Background imageTunnels Collection: Railway Tunnel House

Railway Tunnel House
A quirky house, built over a railway tunnel at Clayton, Sussex, England. Date: early 1930s

Background imageTunnels Collection: 1837 / COAL MINE

1837 / COAL MINE
A cross-section of a coal mine showing all the underground chambers and tunnels

Background imageTunnels Collection: Thames Tunnel

Thames Tunnel
View of the newly opened Thames Tunnel, linking Wapping and Rotherhithe in London. circa 1840s

Background imageTunnels Collection: Turquoise Ocean Water Off Tunnels Beach; Kauai, Hawaii, United States Of America

Turquoise Ocean Water Off Tunnels Beach; Kauai, Hawaii, United States Of America

Background imageTunnels Collection: Kilsby Tunnel 1837

Kilsby Tunnel 1837
The building of Kilsby tunnel, part of the Midland Railway. Date: 8 July 1837

Background imageTunnels Collection: Hulluch underground system 1918

Hulluch underground system 1918
Hulluch underground system known as Charing Cross near Loos. The 3rd Australian Tunnel Company engaged in defensive work on the Western Front in France during World War I in January 1918

Background imageTunnels Collection: Bramhope Tunnel Card

Bramhope Tunnel Card
A passenger train of the North-Eastern Railway emerges from Bramhope Tunnel

Background imageTunnels Collection: Malpas Tunnel, Navigation and cruise on the Canal du Midi, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Herault

Malpas Tunnel, Navigation and cruise on the Canal du Midi, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Herault, Languedoc Roussillon, France, Europe

Background imageTunnels Collection: Porteus Road Underpass, Little venice, London, England, UK

Porteus Road Underpass, Little venice, London, England, UK

Background imageTunnels Collection: Kastrup, Copenhagen, Hillerod, Denmark. National Aquarium or Blue Planet (Den Bla Planet)

Kastrup, Copenhagen, Hillerod, Denmark. National Aquarium or Blue Planet (Den Bla Planet). MR

Background imageTunnels Collection: Baker Street Station 2

Baker Street Station 2
Steven Zhou

Background imageTunnels Collection: Karim Al Thahaby

Karim Al Thahaby

Background imageTunnels Collection: rush

rush
fotomarion

Background imageTunnels Collection: Scotch Express Quadrille, c1870 (hand tinted lithograph on paper)

Scotch Express Quadrille, c1870 (hand tinted lithograph on paper)
8836217 Scotch Express Quadrille, c1870 (hand tinted lithograph on paper) by Emery, George (b.1821); 36 x 26 cm; Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Telford, Shropshire

Background imageTunnels Collection: Reigate (litho)

Reigate (litho)
8633416 Reigate (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Reigate, Tunnel at foot of hill)

Background imageTunnels Collection: Marine Encyclopedia: After end of a Screw-Steamer; showing part of Tunnel, etc (litho)

Marine Encyclopedia: After end of a Screw-Steamer; showing part of Tunnel, etc (litho)
8652606 Marine Encyclopedia: After end of a Screw-Steamer; showing part of Tunnel, etc (litho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageTunnels Collection: Philadelphia: The Tunnel, Pennsylvania, R R and Girard Avenue Bridges, Fairmount Park

Philadelphia: The Tunnel, Pennsylvania, R R and Girard Avenue Bridges, Fairmount Park
8654542 Philadelphia: The Tunnel, Pennsylvania, R R and Girard Avenue Bridges, Fairmount Park, Lemon Hill Observatory (b/w photo) by American Photographer

Background imageTunnels Collection: Roman discharge tunnel of Lake Albano (engraving)

Roman discharge tunnel of Lake Albano (engraving)
8635781 Roman discharge tunnel of Lake Albano (engraving) by German School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Roman discharge tunnel of Lake Albano. Illustration from Rom)

Background imageTunnels Collection: Map of the Mersey Tunnel (litho)

Map of the Mersey Tunnel (litho)
8675800 Map of the Mersey Tunnel (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Map of the Mersey Tunnel)

Background imageTunnels Collection: Tunnel of a route of the Gorges de la Bourne in the Vercors, France, 1908 (b/w photo)

Tunnel of a route of the Gorges de la Bourne in the Vercors, France, 1908 (b/w photo)
ELD4939982 Tunnel of a route of the Gorges de la Bourne in the Vercors, France, 1908 (b/w photo); Private Collection; (add.info.: Tunnel of a route of the Gorges de la Bourne in the Vercors)

Background imageTunnels Collection: Mushroom house, c.1910 (print)

Mushroom house, c.1910 (print)
7293369 Mushroom house, c.1910 (print); (add.info.: Food and beverage. A mushroom house. Imagery in: Histoire anecdotique de l'alimentation, France, ca 1910.); Photo: © Archives Charmet

Background imageTunnels Collection: Great Siege Tunnels, Gibraltar. 18th century (photo)

Great Siege Tunnels, Gibraltar. 18th century (photo)
7264837 Great Siege Tunnels, Gibraltar. 18th century (photo); Gibraltar; (add.info.: Great Siege Tunnels, Gibraltar. Tableau showing gunners preparing a cannon for action)

Background imageTunnels Collection: Map of the Severn Tunnel (litho)

Map of the Severn Tunnel (litho)
8675801 Map of the Severn Tunnel (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Map of the Severn Tunnel, underwater railway tunnel)

Background imageTunnels Collection: Positions of the chief tunnels in the Alps (litho)

Positions of the chief tunnels in the Alps (litho)
8675799 Positions of the chief tunnels in the Alps (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Positions of the chief tunnels in the Alps)

Background imageTunnels Collection: Towel, Tower, Tow-path, Toy-shop, Treadle, Trestle, Trombone, Trowel, Truant, Trumpet, Tucker

Towel, Tower, Tow-path, Toy-shop, Treadle, Trestle, Trombone, Trowel, Truant, Trumpet, Tucker, Tunnel (engraving)
8650092 Towel, Tower, Tow-path, Toy-shop, Treadle, Trestle, Trombone, Trowel, Truant, Trumpet, Tucker, Tunnel (engraving) by German School



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Tunnels have long been a fascinating feat of engineering, capturing the imagination and transporting us to hidden worlds. One iconic figure in tunnel construction is Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose vision and determination led to remarkable achievements. With chains in hand, Brunel's legacy lives on through his groundbreaking work. Just like Badger and Mole from the beloved tale "The Wind in the Willows, " tunnels hold an air of mystery and adventure. They beckon us to explore what lies beyond their darkened entrances, promising secrets waiting to be discovered. Step aboard "The Ghost Train" for a thrilling ride along the thrills and laughter line. As you travel through tunnels that echo with excitement, let your heart race with anticipation as you delve into unknown territories filled with exhilaration. One such legendary tunnel is the Thames Tunnel between Wapping and Rotherhithe. This architectural marvel showcases human ingenuity at its finest, allowing people to traverse beneath one of London's most famous rivers. Venturing further eastward brings us to Kyoto, Japan - home to Senbon Torii's mesmerizing red torii gate tunnels at Fushimi Inari Shinto shrine. These vibrant pathways guide pilgrims towards spiritual enlightenment while captivating visitors with their beauty and symbolism. Closer to home in Wilts stands Box Tunnel, another testament to Brunel's brilliance. Its grandeur reminds us that even underground passages can leave lasting impressions on those who witness them. Through photographs captured by I K Brunel himself or anonymous artists inspired by his genius, we catch glimpses of history frozen in time. Each image tells a story of ambition realized against all odds – a reminder that dreams can become reality when passion meets perseverance. Whether it be the enchanting red torii gate tunnel at Fushimi Inari shrine or a narrow boat gracefully gliding through Llangollen Canal's passage in England – these tunnels connect our world physically while evoking a sense of wonder and curiosity.