Light at the end of the tunnel: sun shines for Brunel’s birthday

Light at the end of the tunnel: sun shines for Brunel’s birthday

Engineers have tested one of the UK’s most intriguing railway legends: that the rising sun shines through the Box tunnel near Bath on the birthday of the 19th-century genius who created the line.

For many years, railway enthusiasts and mathematicians have argued over whether Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the creator of the Great Western mainline, did design the two-mile tunnel with his own birthday in mind.

On Sunday – 211 years after Brunel’s birth – the line was shut because of upgrade work, providing Great Western Railway and Network Rail with a rare chance to observe whether the sun really does shine through the length of the tunnel on 9 April.

via Light at the end of the tunnel: sun shines for Brunel’s birthday | Technology | The Guardian

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