1996

January 1996

Up to now the ramming for the eastward trench has been completed and the first 100 m for the northward trench have been done.

17th January 1996:

The reinforcement beams stabilizing the trench, are welded to the I-beams running along the panels to prevent the trench from collapsing. Zoom Image
The reinforcement beams stabilizing the trench, are welded to the I-beams running along the panels to prevent the trench from collapsing. [less]
The welders use a small cart running on the I-beams with a portable generator put atop. Zoom Image
The welders use a small cart running on the I-beams with a portable generator put atop.

18th January 1996:

The steel construction for the central station has been set up. To get an idea of the scales: The hole in the northern wall, where the tube will finally pass  through, has got a diameter of 1m. The building is 8 m x 13 m. Zoom Image
The steel construction for the central station has been set up. To get an idea of the scales: The hole in the northern wall, where the tube will finally pass
through, has got a diameter of 1m. The building is 8 m x 13 m. [less]
Meanwhile the insulation (a sandwich construction of aluminium sheets with insulating foam in between) is fixed to the eastern end-house. Zoom Image
Meanwhile the insulation (a sandwich construction of aluminium sheets with insulating foam in between) is fixed to the eastern end-house. [less]

19th January 1996:

The builders have to use the most sophisticated and modern equipment in their struggle to get the building closed before they are frozen to the ground.  At this time of the day it is -8°C and a freezing eastern wind. Zoom Image
The builders have to use the most sophisticated and modern equipment in their struggle to get the building closed before they are frozen to the ground.
At this time of the day it is -8°C and a freezing eastern wind. [less]
Imagine, this is supposed once to become a cleanroom!! Zoom Image
Imagine, this is supposed once to become a cleanroom!!
 
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