Nuclear powered tunnelling machines.


Nuclear powered tunnelling machines.

Since the 1950's, the US Government has had nuclear powered
tunneling machines.  They were patented in
the 1970's (US Patents #3,693,731).  As it burrows through the rock
hundreds of feet below the surface, the
Subterrene heats whatever stone it encounters into molten rock, or
magma, which cools after the Subterrene
has moved on.  The result is a tunnel with a smooth, glazed lining,
somewhat like black glass, which is also
apparently strong enough that it doesn't even require reinforcing of
the walls. It was featured in OMNI
magazine, Sept 1983, p80.

I happened to see a picture of (what I assume is) one of these
machines in a UFO magazine, but at $15, I
wasn't going to (let alone couldn't afford to) buy it.  Then I was
visiting a friend and he showed me the website, and lo and behold, there was the picture. 
Hmmm, what would the US airforce be
doing tunneling deep under the ground?

So, with the above picture and the US Patent Office patent, I think
that adds up to incontrovertible evidence
that these things are real.  And further to that, it is highly
likely that the claims of underground bases and
tunnels across America (if not the world) are indeed true.

For those of you aware of the difficulties encountered in the
Burnley tunnel being constructed in Melbourne,
Australia, just think, we could have been driving under the Yarra
years ago if they used this machine.  And
none of these delays caused by leakages due to cracks which are the
direct result of a large corporation
trying to save money and constructing a cheap tunnel instead of
doing it the correct way (double layered as
per the Sydney Harbour tunnel).


Robert Salter, of the RAND Corporation, has suggested building a
subway from New York to Los Angeles magnetically
levitated above the tracks.  The trains would zip through the
evacuated tunnels at speeds faster than an SST, crossing
the country in less than one hour.  Building such a train presents
no special technological problems, but the cost of
tunneling from coast to coast would.  To be economically feasible,
engineers would have to develop a new way to dig.
The federal government's Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, in New
Mexico, however, may have an answer to this

Called the Subterrene, the Los Almos machine looks like a vicious
giant mole.

The beauty of the Subterrene is that, as it burrows through the rock
hundreds of feet below the surface, it heats whatever
stone it encounters into molten rock, or magma, which cools after
the Subterrene has moved on.  The result is a tunnel
with a smooth, glazed lining.  For power, the Subterrene can use a
built-in minature nuclear engine or even a
conventional power plant.

NOTE: I have seen this machine, and watched it in action.  Normal
rate of speed is approximitly six and
one/half miles per hour depending on Type of rock, sand etc
.....................Col. Wilson

Nuclear Subterrenes
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 03:13:27 -0400
From: Steve Lacy 

Could government mole machines be building a
secret worldwide tunnel system?

Adventures Unlimited Press
Nuclear Subterrenes

The nuclear subterrene (rhymes with submarine) was designed at the
Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico.
A number of patents were filed by scientists at Los Alamos, a few
federal technical documents were written -- and then
the whole thing just sort of faded away.

Or did it?

Nuclear subterrenes work by melting their way through the rock and
soil, actually vitrifying it as they go, and leaving a
neat, solidly glass-lined tunnel behind them.

The heat is supplied by a compact nuclear reactor that circulates
liquid lithium from the reactor core to the tunnel face,
where it melts the rock. In the process of melting the rock the
lithium loses some of its heat. It is then circulated back
along the exterior of the tunneling machine to help cool the
vitrified rock as the tunneling machine forces its way forward.
The cooled lithium then circulates back to the reactor where the
whole cycle starts over. In this way the nuclear
subterrene slices through the rock like a nuclear powered, 2,000
degree Fahrenheit (Celcius?) - earthworm, boring its
way deep underground.

The United States Atomic Energy Commission and the United States
Energy Research and Development
Administration took out Patents in the 1970s for nuclear
subterrenes. The first patent, in 1972 went to the U.S. Atomic
Energy Commission.

The nuclear subterrene has an advantage over mechanical TBMs in that
it produces no muck that must be disposed of
by conveyors, trains, trucks, etc. This greatly simplifies
tunneling. If nuclear subterrenes actually exist (and I do not know
they do) their presence, and the tunnels they make, could be very
hard to detect, for the simple reason that there would
not be the tell-tale muck piles or tailings dumps that are
associated with the conventional tunneling activities.

The 1972 patent makes this clear. It states:

    ".. (D)ebris may be disposed of as melted rock both as a lining
for the hole and as a dispersal in cracks
    produced in the surrounding rock. The rock-melting drill is of a
shape and is propelled under sufficient
    pressure to produce and extend cracks in solid rock radially
around the bore by means of hydrostatic
    pressure developed in the molten rock ahead of the advancing
rock drill penetrator. All melt not used in
    glass-lining the bore is forced into the cracks where it freezes
and remains ... "

    "... Such a (vitreous) lining eliminates, in most cases, the
expensive and cumbersome problem of debris
    elimination and at the same time achieves the advantage of a
casing type of bore hole liner." (US Patent
    No. 3,693,731, 26 Sep 1972)

There you have it: a tunneling machine that creates no muck, and
leaves a smooth,  vitreous (glassy) tunnel
lining behind.  Another patent three years later was for:  A
tunneling machine for producing large tunnels in soft rock or
wet, clayey, unconsolidated or bouldery earth by simultaneously
detaching the tunnel core by thermal melting a boundary
kerf into the tunnel face and forming a supporting excavation wall
liner by deflecting the molten materials against the
excavation walls to provide, when solidified, a continuous wall
supporting liner, and detaching the tunnel face
circumscribed by the kerf with powered mechanical earth detachment
means and in which the heat required for melting
the kerf and liner material is provided by a compact nuclear

This 1975 patent further specifies that the machine is intended to
excavate tunnels up to 12 meters in diameter or more.
This means tunnels of 40 ft. or more in diameter.  The kerf is the
outside boundary of the tunnel wall that a boring
machine gouges out as it bores through the ground or rock. So, in
ordinary English, this machine will melt a circular
boundary into the tunnel face. The melted rock will be forced to the
outside of the tunnel by the tunnel machine, where it
will form a hard, glassy tunnel lining (see the appropriate detail
in the patent itself, as shown in Illustration 41). At the
same time, mechanical tunnel boring equipment will grind up the rock
and soil detached by the melted kerf and pass it to
the rear of the machine for disposal by conveyor, slurry pipeline,

And yet a third patent was issued to the United States Energy
Research and Development Administration just 21 days
later, on 27 May 1975 for a machine remarkably similar to the
machine patented on 6 May 1975. The abstract

A tunneling machine for producing large tunnels in rock by
progressive detachment of the tunnel core by thermal melting
a boundary kerf into the tunnel face and simultaneously forming an
initial tunnel wall support by deflecting the molten
materials against the tunnel walls to provide, when solidified, a
continuous liner; and fragmenting the tunnel core
circumscribed by the kerf by thermal stress fracturing and in which
the heat required for such operations is supplied by a
compact nuclear reactor.

This machine would also be capable of making a glass-lined tunnel of
40 ft. in diameter or more.

Perhaps some of my readers have heard the same rumors that I have
heard swirling in the UFO literature and on the
UFO grapevine: stories of deep, secret, glass-walled tunnels
excavated by laser powered tunneling machines. I do not
know if these stories are true. If they are, however, it may be that
the glass-walled tunnels are made by the nuclear
subterrenes described in these patents. The careful reader will note
that all of these patents were obtained by agencies
of the United States government. Further, all but one of the
inventors are from Los Alamos, New Mexico. Of course, Los
Alamos National Lab is itself the subject of considerable rumors
about underground tunnels and chambers, Little Greys
or EBEs, and various other covert goings-on.

(It may also be that the some of the tunnels are made by these
machines, while other subterranean tunnel systems
were made by other civilizations, both ancient and modern. --SW)

A 1973 Los Alamos study entitled "Systems and Cost Analysis for a
Nuclear Subterrene Tunneling Machine: A
Preliminary Study", concluded that nuclear subterrene tunneling
machines (NSTMs) would be very cost effective,
compared to conventional TBMs. It stated:

    "Tunneling costs for NSTMs are very close to those for TBMs, if
operating conditions for TBMs are
    favorable. However, for variable formations and unfavorable
conditions such as soft, wet, bouldery
    ground or very hard rock, the NSTMs are far more effective.
Estimates of cost and percentage use
    of NSTMs to satisfy U.S. transportation tunnel demands indicate
a potential cost savings of 850
    million dollars (1969 dollars) throughout 1990. An estimated
NSTM prototype demonstration cost of
    $100 million over an eight-year period results in a favorable
benefit-to-cost ratio of 8.5."

Was the 1973 feasibility study only idle speculation, and is the
astonishingly similar patent two years later only a wild
coincidence? As many a frustrated inventor will tell you, the U.S.
Patent Office only issues the paperwork when it's
satisfied that the thing in question actually works!

In 1975 the National Science Foundation commissioned another cost
analysis of the nuclear subterrene. The A.A.
Mathews Construction and Engineering Company of Rockville, Maryland
produced a comprehensive report with two,
separate, lengthy appendices, one 235 and the other 328 pages.

A.A. Mathews calculated costs for constructing three different sized
tunnels in the Southern California area in 1974. The
three tunnel diameters were:
a) 3.05 meters (10ft.);
b) 4.73 meters (15.5 ft.); and
c) 6.25 meters (20.5 ft.).
Comparing the cost of using NSTMs to the cost of mechanical TBMs,
A.A. Mathews determined:

    "Savings of 12 percent for the 4.73 meter (15.5 ft.) tunnel and
6 percent for the 6.25 meter (20.5 foot)
    tunnel were found to be possible using the NSTM as compared to
current methods. A penalty of 30
    percent was found for the 3.05 meter (10 foot) tunnel using the
NSTM. The cost advantage for the
    NSTM results from the combination of:
    (a) a capital rather than labor intensive system,
    (Reducing the number of personnel required is especially
important in black budget projects for security
    reasons. --SW) and
    (b) formation of both initial support and final lining in
conjunction with the excavation process.
    (Leaving a glass-like lining, which could be *air-tight*,
allowing the use of high-speed, superconducting
    mag-lev trains operated in a virtual vacuum in a tunnel deep
underground. --SW)

This report has a number of interesting features. It is noteworthy
in the first place that the government commissioned
such a lengthy and detailed analysis of the cost of operating a
nuclear subterrenes. Just as intriguing is the fact that the
study found that the tunnels in the 15 ft. to 20 ft. diameter range
can be more economically excavated by NSTMs than by
conventional TBMs.

Finally, the southern California location that was chosen for
tunneling cost analysis is thought provoking. This is precisely
one of the regions of the West where there is rumored to be a secret
tunnel system. Did the A.A. Mathews study
represent part of the planning for an actual covert tunneling
project that was subsequently carried out, when it was
determined that it was more cost effective to use NSTMs than
mechanical TBMs?

Whether or not nuclear subterrene tunneling machines have been used,
or are being used, for subterranean tunneling is
a question I cannot presently answer. If you should happen to know,
contact me with the relevant proof.

Date:          Tue, 07 Oct 1997 20:58:36 -0500
From:          "Joe Heeger, Jr." 
Subject:      IUFO: Boring Machine's

Hi all,

In regards to the underground boring machines I have a story to

In Nov. of 1992 I went to work at the Engineering office of the
Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory in
Waxahachie, TX., which is about 30 miles south of Dallas.

While there I helped design the Matching Section and RF Drive Loop
Assembly of the Linear Accelerator used to focus
the Proton Beam for there travel down the 50 mile oval.

When I started working there they had already started there boring
under the ground. I never was able to get out to the
hole but saw pictures of it and talked to people who worked down

The boring machines at that time were the largest in the world. I
don't recall the size for sure. There were two of them and
they were put down two different holes in pieces and assembled
below. After there 50 mile oval was cut they would turn
them outward and there they would make a grave for them. I do know
that they were down 200 feet. They were also
planing to cut under one of the big lakes in the area.

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