The Fuchs tunnel in the Walbrzych coal mining region
History and significance as an industrial monument
The article first deals with the early history of the Fuchs colliery and the reasons behind the construction of the Fuchs tunnel. The author discusses to what extent similar tunnels in England influenced the design with special reference to the director of the Lower Silesian Mining Inspectorate, Count Friedrich Wilhelm von Reden. A detailed analysis is made of the technical requirements of tunnel advance in the Fuchs tunnel, the working of seams in the bottom part of the Fuchs colliery and the transportation of coal by boat and later by horse. In conclusion, the historical significance of the Fuchs tunnel is assessed from the technical and economic points of view.