Working-Shaft – Kilsby Tunnel, July 8th 1837

John Cooke Bourne

Lithograph, view of the London and Birmingham Railway when in course of construction by J. C. Bourne, published 1839. ‘Working-Shaft – Kilsby Tunnel, July 8th 1837'. A railway track runs from the bottom right corner of the image deeper into the tunnel. To the left of it in the foreground of the image the ground of the tunnel is covered with a puddle and muddy rock terrain. At the extreme right, still in the foreground, a workman rifles through his equipment at the wall of the tunnel. The middle ground/ background of the tunnel is lit by the working shaft, men in a bucket-like container are being lowered into the tunnel through the shaft. Below, clusters of men can just be made out in the bright light, some are leaning against the walls of the tunnel with shovels in hand. Two horses stand in the light of the shaft in front of the workmen.


Pictorial Collection (Railway)
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lithograph, paper
  • visual and verbal communication

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