Let’s all give a round of applause to Phyllis, who has just finished digging the very first complete Crossrail tunnel. Phyllis is the 1,000 tonne and 140 metre long TBM (tunnel boring machine), named after Phyllis Pearsall who created the original London A-Z Maps, and her and six other tunnelling machines have collectively tunnelled their way through 13 miles of their 26 mile tunnelling marathon.
Now that Big Phyl has completed her 4.2 mile journey from Royal Oak to Farringdon, she will soon be dismantled and her 130 metre long trailer system will be removed from the tunnel via the Fisher Street shaft. Crossrail are now asking us lot of submit ideas for things to be included in a time capsule (a front ‘can’ of P’s trailer system) which will be left in the ground at the Farringdon site to commemorate the completion of the first tunnel. Ally Swadling
Submit your time capsule ideas at crossrail.co.uk/time-capsule-competition