My words, thoughts and photos from a Swedish perspective

The tunnel

The tunnel through the Brunkeberg ridge is a shortcut I seldom take, but I took it today. It’s 231 metres long, 4 metres wide and 3.9 metres high and was opened in 1886 by King Oscar II. Explosives could be used from the east side, but its west side displayed all the problems a boulder-ridge can cause because of the pebbles and sand. The problems were not only of the technical kind; the constructor, engineer Knut Lindmark, also got in financial troubles because of this.

The solution he used was indeed very much ahead of its time – he rented refrigerating machinery from England and froze the ground to -18 degrees (centigrades). After that, all the cut away works could be carried out safely. Using the tunnel is free of charge today, but people who wanted to use it when it was opened had to pay a fee of 2 öre.

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4 responses

  1. The first photo has a mesmerizing kaleidoscope effect to it that is quite wonderful to stare at at this tired moment of the day.

    03/12/2009 at 03:59

  2. Staffan H

    Lynn: I’m glad you liked it. Thank you.

    03/12/2009 at 12:20

  3. Ah neat tunnel and great shots! I really like the first two because of depth and patterns. 🙂

    03/12/2009 at 17:11

  4. Staffan H

    Anna: Thank you. The tunnel looks much nicer after the renovation; the first time I used it (must have been in the early 70’s and I was just a kid), there were only ceramic tiles on the walls if I remember right.

    It made me happy to learn that you liked the depth; the common way of taking pictures of that tunnel and similar subjects is that the photographer stands in the middle and get the tunnel vision effect, so I decided to do it in a different way (as usual…). 😉

    03/12/2009 at 17:57

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