Tunnel structures used in mines in Saxony compared with the Fuchs tunnel
The article starts by describing the significance of ore and coal mining in Saxony. With reference to the Fuchs tunnel, the author then goes on to examine a number of travel reports on Lower Silesia written by Saxonian mining experts from the end of the 18th and the first half of the 19th century. The essay then deals separately with ore and coal mining and the question of surface and underground barge transportation in Saxony. The report concludes that a large number of such projects were started in Saxony but that far fewer were actually completed and put into operation. Transportation by barge was soon replaced by transportation by rail which was more flexible, more efficient and technically more advanced.