Malta Railway

Valletta to Floriana

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Map 2

After crossing the main ditch the line entered an unlined tunnel cut through solid rock that extended beneath the Triton Fountain, Triq Sarria, Wignacourt's Fountain to the underground station at Floriana which was 850 yds. from the Valletta entrance. During the construction the line had to be amended to take account of an unmarked subterranean reservoir and the resulting "S" curve produced a less than pleasant effect on the passengers.

The 1000 yds. long tunnel had a falling gradient, towards Museum station, of 1 in 65 and was excavated from three access shafts along the line which were later used as ventilation shafts. The setting out, by the resident engineer, was so accurate that break through of the headings was achieved with an accuracy of 1in.