The amazing tunnels under New York

Discussion in 'New York/US' started by editor, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  2. flypanam

    flypanam Local oaf

    Crossrail just doesn't have the glamour.

    Probably no chance of visiting these, I suppose, it being a live site.:(
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  3. editor

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    It does look an incredible sight.
  4. flypanam

    flypanam Local oaf

  5. petee

    petee i'm spartacus

  6. ChrisD

    ChrisD .

    Interesting thread

    ".......A huge public works project ............ the cost estimate has been raised to $8.4 billion"

    so in the land of private enterprise they're not afraid to spend a few $$$ on infrastructure then?
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  7. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    From what I remember, many US public infrastructure projects are financed by a semi-detached bonds-based method that can prove pretty cost (or tax) effective for coroprate interests, banks etc who are often represented on the boards of the comissioning authorities. And NY more or less wrote the book on using and running them back in the Robert Moses days.
  8. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    The new mantra is "socialize costs, privitize profits."
  9. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Yep. Ken tried to use a similar scheme for the Underground modernisation, bringing in Bob Kiley (former CEO of Newy York's Metropolitan Transit Authority) to plan it. But Gordon Brown forced PPP through instead, and the rest is history. £Billions in public money wasted.

    The New York project is impressive, but Crossrail is 3x the cost and complexity.

    Although this new station will be a monster. 164k/day is 50-60m/year, which is Liverpool St. or Victoria numbers, but underground. 8 platforms in two giant caverns:


    You can see the four tunnel mouths per station cavern in the photos in the OP.
  10. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    As an engineer I find this truly amazing.
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  11. Ponyutd

    Ponyutd Greebo likes this....r.i.p.

    Danny Baker is doing a program on tunnels in the u.k.
    Not sure when it's due out though.
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  12. Prince Bert

    Prince Bert Banned Banned

    If you stare at his tool for a few seconds it looks like Short Circuit.
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  14. editor

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    flypanam Local oaf

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  17. Dogmeat

    Dogmeat VUP: Very Unimportant Person

    Interesting stuff, I've always had the urge to explore places like that.
  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Not sure if they're as impressive as our very own Crossrail ones, but still mighty grand:


    2.jpg 3.jpg

    More here:

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  19. Crispy

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  20. editor

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  21. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    While the tunnels aren't as long as Crossrail, the station they're building down there is colossal. The tunnelling looks much easier though. Just hacking through self-supporting rock. No need to prop/line as you go.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2015
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  27. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Not quite the same, but slate mines can be vast for huge, underground things constructed by humans.
  28. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

  29. petee

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  30. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    Have you seen the G-cans project in Japan? Not transport tunnels but well worth a look...for sheer size.
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