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Drilling and excavating machines are hard at work every day on the Rhaetian Railway's biggest construction site. The first turf was officially dug in summer 2014, marking the start of installation work at both the Preda and Spinas ends of the tunnel. The actual excavation of the new Albula Tunnel began in August 2015. There was thus a gap of fourteen months, occupied by intensive preparations, between that initial starting whistle and the commencement of tunnelling work. This section contains information updates and highlights of the construction work on the new Albula Tunnel, along with a summary of the past few months' events. 

02.10.2018 - Breakthrough RhB Albula Tunnel

02.10.2018 - Breakthrough RhB Albula Tunnel

On Tuesday, 2 October 2018 the breakthrough was made for the Rhaetian Railway's (RhB) new Albula Tunnel. It has taken the miners a good three years to dig the 5,860 metre tunnel between the Albula Valley and Upper Engadin from the Preda and Spinas sides. And that means that one of the key milestones of the 345 million franc project has been achieved.

19.09.2018 - Breakthrough imminent

19.09.2018 - Breakthrough imminent

Three years after celebrations marked the start of the headwork, the project is now coming to its close. On Tuesday, 2 October 2018, the Rhaetian Railway and all those involved in the project, will be celebrating the breakthrough of the new Albula Tunnel in style.

10.07.2018 - Blasting work right on track

10.07.2018 - Blasting work right on track

More than 4,900 of a total of 5,860 metres of the new Albula Tunnel have now been cleared. This is around 83 per cent of the entire length. The breakthrough is expected to take place in autumn 2018.

04.05.2018-More than 70% of the new tunnel has been cleared

04.05.2018-More than 70% of the new tunnel has been cleared

The blasting for the new Albula Tunnel is progressing well. Around 4,150 of a total of 5,680 metres have already been cleared. The breakthrough is expected to take place in autumn 2018.

17.10.2017 - First breakthrough in the Albula Tunnel

17.10.2017 - First breakthrough in the Albula Tunnel

A further milestone has been reached in the construction of the Rhaetian Railway's (RhB) new Albula Tunnel with the breakthrough into the cavern. On Tuesday, 17 October 2017, the miners taking care of the headwork from Preda broke through the last pieces of rock face which were separating them from the cavern. 

10.07.2017 - 38 per cent of the tunnel now broken through

10.07.2017 - 38 per cent of the tunnel now broken through

The headwork in Preda and Spinas is continuing steadily. The focus of the current phase of construction is the connection of the headwork from Preda to the cavern. The disused Beverin Bridge in front of the portal in Spinas is being replaced.

01.03.2017 - Fault zone successfully overcome

01.03.2017 - Fault zone successfully overcome

The 'swimming mountain' has been overcome: the fault zone 'Raibler Rauwacke' was broken through at the end of January 2017. The rock formation consisting of water and mud will now be sealed and secured with a 60-centimetre  ring of concrete. Drilling and blasting are due to continue at the building sites in Preda and Spinas on 1 March 2017.

25.10.2016 - Albula Tunnel Infoarena receives German Design Award

25.10.2016 - Albula Tunnel Infoarena receives German Design Award

The Rhaetian Railway's (RhB) Albula Tunnel Infoarena has won the German Design Award 2017. The international members of the jury were won over by the original, informative showcasing of the building site for the building of the new Albula Tunnel in Preda. The German Design Award is one of the most acclaimed design competitions in the world and is held in high regard by many, not only the specialists.

12.09.2016 - Successful day on the open building site

12.09.2016 - Successful day on the open building site

On Saturday, 10 September 2016, more than 1,500 people visited the building site for the new Albula Tunnel in Preda and Spinas. Highlights were seeing the headwork and the cavern at tunnel metre 1,300. At the official ceremony with invited guests, the Japanese coach in honour of RhB's sister railway Hakone Tozan Railway was officially unveiled in one of the new articulated Alvra trains.

01.03.2016 - Construction work in the Albula Tunnel restarts

01.03.2016 - Construction work in the Albula Tunnel restarts

With the 2015-2016 winter break over, the third phase of the reconstruction of the Albula Tunnel will begin in early March. After the preparatory stages of 2014 and the installation work of 2015, the project is now focusing on the advance of the actual tunnel – including the conquest of the cellular limestone of the Rauwacke fault zone. The 280 metres of tunnel completed so far correspond to 5% of its overall length.

28.01.2016 - View of the hollow

28.01.2016 - View of the hollow

While construction activity on the new Albula Tunnel largely stopped for winter at the Preda and Spinas ends of the site, work in the hollow carried on at full tilt. Laborious and complex preparatory work is being carried out at metre 1,300 of the tunnel in order to stabilise the Rauwacke, a geological fault consisting of cellular limestone.

24.11.2015 - The project is progressing to plan

24.11.2015 - The project is progressing to plan

Much has changed at the site since the ceremony at the end of August to mark the start of work on the Albula Tunnel. The miners, blasters, foremen and everyone else involved have moved in, and work was proceeding at full tilt at the Preda and Spinas sites just before the winter break.

31.08.2015 - Work begins on the reconstruction of the Albula Tunnel

31.08.2015 - Work begins on the reconstruction of the Albula Tunnel

The ceremony marking the start of work took place at the northern end of the Rhaetian Railway's Albula Tunnel in Preda on Monday 31st August 2015. After 14 months of intensive preparations, the actual tunnelling work could now begin. This was an important milestone for both the RhB and the companies engaged by it to carry out the work. A small inauguration ceremony was held in the presence of the RhB's board chairman Stefan Engler, the media and representatives and employees of the firms engaged to carry out the reconstruction work.

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