Sunday 14 March 2010 10.43am
I know Rotherhithe is slightly out of the SE1 area but some of you on this forum must of made it to the walks through the East London Line railway tunnels under the River Thames through Marc & Isambard Kingdom Brunel's historic Thames Tunnel.
I was curious to find out what people thought of the event. I was one of the tour guides in the tunnel as I have volunteered with the Brunel Museum since 2003. After two days of projecting my voice I am feeling a bit hoarse this morning.
The event really was a once in a lifetime opportunity, at the moment it is unlikely to be repeated in the future for the simple reason the tunnel will be opened to trains again in June when it becomes part of the new London Overground route.
We knew the event was going to be popular but it exceeded my expectations. We had a complete cross section of people attending the majority of whom didn't have a specific interest in the Brunels or railways but thought it would be something very different to do.
I run the website for the Brunel Museum which pretty much melted under the load, processing ten times as much traffic as usual. The problem was our assigned data pipe from the Internet was maxed out - the website server itself could of handled far more requests. Things have calmed down a bit on the webiste so you should be able to get through and read it now.
I really want to read your comments, good and bad. I heard about some problems but then this event was put together within a couple of weeks once the authorisations had come through.
Big thanks must go to TfL, GLA and London Overground for pulling this all together. And an extra thanks to the London Overground who have built a concrete platform at the bottom of the Rotherhithe shaft above the trains to create a space into which the museum will be extended.
The final thanks goes to the volunteers. Safety, security and numerous others were paid staff on the day. People in the Brunel Museum, tour guides and stewards were all volunteers.