Boring Machines Could Win You Eurostar Vouchers

January 11th, 2012

We may only be into the first few weeks of 2012 but we think we’ve already found the ultimate prize of the year. How would you like to go down as the person who named a pair of tunnel boring machines? Apparently only a select group of people have had this privilege, so forget chasing iPads and holidays and start thinking about names for tunnel borers!


This competition is being run by Crossrail. They are sending machines, which wouldn’t look out of place in Ocean’s Thirteen, underground in London to dig out some new rail link tunnels. They “will work 24 hours a day beneath the streets of London, excavating large volumes of ground and erecting the concrete tunnel lining”! Blimey!

Anyway, it’s traditional to name these Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs). They can’t undertake their work until they’ve been named and it’s done as a sign of good luck for the forthcoming project. The names have to be feminine too, just like ships.

This is where you come in! Crossrail would like pairs of names for their TBMs. They suggest that “history, geography, architecture/ landmarks, transportation or names of famous Londoners might make good names”. Have a good think as you only get one shot at it!

A panel of judges will select their three favourites but the overall winner will be chosen by a public vote. The winner gets the glory of naming the machines, but all three finalists get £500 Eurostar vouchers or a Merlin Annual Family Pass.

You have until 1pm on 6th February to enter this one.

Crossrail Tunnel Boring Machine Competition

Image borrowed from Crossrail.

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