A funny event took place today in Delft during the construction of the new four-track railway tunnel: the Bagijnetoren, a tower built around 1500, then part of the city wall, had to be temporarily replaced some 15 meters, while also lifted by 25 centimeters. Once the cut-and-cover tunnel is finished under the previous location, the tower will be moved back on the same rails, some time in the summer.
Apologies for the animated gif — but you get the point (photos: Daniel Sparing)
Quite some people were viewing the moving tower (photo: Daniel Sparing)
This morning, the tower was already on a concrete slab which was connected to the big blue rails — moving the tower seemed easy and you could even see it happening if you focused on the background. The hardest work must have been installing the concrete slab itself under the tower, step by very little step.
In the pictures, you can also see a huge windmill with some tiny houses attached to them: they will not move the windmill but actually cut the tunnel under it somehow. And the railway viaduct on the pictures will be demolished once the first two underground tracks are in operation.
You can also read my previous post on railway tunnels in general, or on the Malmö tunnel.
The windmill in the background will stay in place while the tunnel is constructed beneath (photo: Daniel Sparing)
This is an overlap of two images of a single tower, the left one already halfway moved. (photos: Daniel Sparing)
The Spoorzone in Delft (which means rail zone — hm, would be a great title for a blog on railways) is a construction project to replace two elevated railway tracks with four underground tracks, while moving the railway station itself underground too.
The scene around the current station and the viaduct mostly resembles a desert at the moment, except for the three listed buildings which will be preserved: the windmill, the tower and the station building itself.
You can also check out how the surroundings looked like before the start of the construction on Google Street View, more info on the moving and the history of the tower in Dutch on the Spoorzone site.
The rail viaduct has to go once the tunnel is finished (photo: Daniel Sparing)
The station building will also be preserved (photo: Daniel Sparing)