Boring Machines Get Exciting
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Boring Machines Get Exciting

Dozens of transit geeks showed up to Eglinton and Allen Rd. on Saturday night to watch the second Eglinton Crosstown tunnel borer get moved.

It’s not every day you see a 400-tonne machine pulled by a massive trailer. This weekend, dozens of curious Torontonians gathered to watch the Friday and Saturday night transports of Eglinton Crosstown tunnel boring machines Dennis and Lea, which were respectively moved 100 metres from the west side of Allen Road at Eglinton Avenue West to the east side of the street. From there, they were lowered into shafts to continue their digging duty.

The move took place a few hours ahead of schedule on Saturday night, but spectators were tuned in to the change of time and arrived accordingly. Greeted by bleachers, hot chocolate provided by Metrolinx, and branded Eglinton Crosstown LRT buttons, the chilly crowd gawked, cheered, and patiently tolerated the laboured application of a Metrolinx-branded decal on the large machine’s side. It was, as some have observed, a potentially once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Never A Boring Night from Giordano Ciampini on Vimeo.