Metro Tunnel comes to life for kids these school holidays

Metro Tunnel comes to life for kids these school holidays Head to the Melbourne Museum these school holidays for a chance to see the amazing inner workings of the Metro Tunnel Project’s massive tunnel boring machines. An interactive display will give visitors an insight into the complexities of construction for Melbourne’s biggest ever public transport infrastructure project. The display consists of infographics detailing each component and process of the tunnel boring machine, from the pipes that collect the crushed rocks and soil from the cutter head to the complex electrical systems. Children will also be encouraged to create and colour in their own cardboard Metro Tunnel segment, which will then be joined to create a replica tunnel on the museum wall. A “Mega Machines” video display will feature more of the enormous machines currently hard at work underneath Melbourne’s CBD to build the Metro Tunnel. Families are encouraged to drop by and explore the display, with free entry for under-16s and Seniors Card holders. The display runs until Sunday April 18, at Melbourne Museum on Nicholson St, Carlton, between 11am and 3pm daily. Meanwhile, the real tunnel boring machines (TBMs) are making impressive progress on the project, with more than 85 per cent of tunnelling now complete.  All four TBMs are now digging their final leg towards the Town Hall Station site, with tunnelling expected to finish in coming months to complete the project’s twin 9-kilometre-long, 6.3-metre-high rail tunnels from Kensington, under the Melbourne CBD, to South Yarra • For more information: metrotunnel.vic.gov.au

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