oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - The construction methods used on the twin railway tunnels near Pietermaritzburg

Volume 3, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The doubling of the main railway line in Natal between Pietermaritzburg and Ladysmith included the construction of twin tunnels, 3 miles long, through the escarpment at Hilton Road, near Pietermaritzburg. This paper descriptionbes the various methods used for the excavation of the tunnels and how the difficulties encountered were overcome. The methods used for constructing the concrete lining are also dealt with. The tunnels were opened to traffic on March 28, 1960.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error