It all started with an invitation from David Laseur, of the Tunnel committee, on May 22nd, 2016 to visit the derelict site of the Brockville Railway Tunnel. After visiting the site, chief designer of Ford Electric Brockville designed all the amazing elements including lighting, audio, infrastructure, power house/back-up power and safety features that you see today in the tunnel.
“Philips Color Kinetics LED lighting system was a perfect solution to bring Ford Electric’s vision together,” said David Bouwers of Ford Electric Co, lead lighting and infrastructure designer for the Brockville Tunnel project. “Our design team wanted to turn what had become an overlooked part of the City of Brockville into a safe, energetic and vibrant attraction not only for the local community but also to change the historic tunnel into a tourist attraction on the world stage.”
The Brockville Railway Tunnel was constructed in the late 1850s and was the first of its kind in Canada. It is located underneath the downtown area of Brockville, Ontario. The Railway Tunnel underwent an interior rehabilitation, complete with beautiful light show, to make it possible for citizens and visitors to travel on foot through the inside, from the south portal to the north portal, coming out at the north-end gorge and ramp to the street level. The Railway Tunnel acts as a path from the city’s beautiful waterfront to the scenic Brock Trail recreational pathway.
First load of piping for the "Light Up The Tunnel Project".
Having a look in the extraction shaft.
Our Head Promotions Manager had to come check out the Tunnel Project.
Very happy to see those gates gone!
Getting power ready for the North Gorge Power House.
Chain-gang trench work for the North Gorge Power House
Kiosks getting formed, poured and set.
Powerhouse is looking Good!
Those are some HEAVY reels for the Light Up the Tunnel Project
Many hands make light work. Lol. No this is going to be a LOOONG week.
No stop lights down in the tunnel to slow you down
Another Kiosk's wires in place.
Empty Kiosk waiting for some product.
Prepping forms for sidewalks
Getting more of the Tunnel formed and ready for concrete
Hard to believe what size of trucks we can fit in Canada's First Railway Tunnel
Bill Salo and his crew from Thundercrete is doing an amazing job working with us to make our August time table for the opening.
Forming curbs to mount our lights onto.
Generator for Tunnel being put into place.
Starting to "See some light near the end of the Tunnel"
New 200 amp service at south end of Tunnel to power new exciting events in Brockville
Part of the blasted section in all it's glory.
Can't wait for you all to see this in person!
Looks like we are in the arctic in July with this Colour.
What colours would you like to see on opening day.
Even the engineers are getting in on the picture taking.
Soon the tunnel the will be filled with people seeing it for the first time! I can't wait!
The tunnel is officially "Golden" approved. On this last day of final touches before the opening day on Saturday August 12th I took some time and looked at all the facebook posts going back months and months and enjoyed looking at the progression of this amazing project and It was so exciting for all of us at Ford Electric to work on the concept, design and implementation of it. Thank you for all the support the community has given all of us and we can't wait to hear your thoughts.
OPENING DAY!!! A few of the City of Brockville staff got a sneak peak of the tunnel Friday afternoon. These ladies and gentlemen will be working hard all weekend to make sure everyone has a great time at all the local festivities this weekend. It's going to be a great opening day and special thanks goes out to our city workers!