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Workers pose on a rotary drum digger, while digging the Victoria Line, Oct 1966Breakthrough, 1966 : Workers celebrate in front of their mechanical excavator after completing a Victoria line tunnel at King’s Cross. This machine is a rotary drum digger which could drive 1.5km (5000 feet) of tunnel in a week.
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Related story:Men and machines
Over 300km (190 miles) of Tube tunnel have been dug under London since the 1880s. Machines were first introduced to help miners excavate in 1890s, but tunnelling was still a tough and physically demanding job. These two photographs of Tube tunnelling deep below the streets of London are 60 years apart, but in many respects look very similar.