Construction workers stand in front of the Lyttelton portal of the rail tunnel in early 1867. Building the 2.6-kilometre tunnel with hand tools and challenging underground conditions was a difficult task. It took over six years of work before the tunnel was formally opened in December 1867.
Photograph courtesy of Graham Stewart, Grantham House Publishing
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