World's longest and deepest rail tunnel opens

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World's longest and deepest rail tunnel opens

#1  Postby DougC » Jun 02, 2016 12:01 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36423250

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The world's longest and deepest rail tunnel has officially opened in Switzerland, after almost two decades of construction work.
The 57km (35-mile) twin-bore Gotthard base tunnel will provide a high-speed rail link under the Swiss Alps between northern and southern Europe.

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Switzerland says it will revolutionise European freight transport.
Goods currently carried on the route by a million lorries a year will go by train instead.
The tunnel has overtaken Japan's 53.9km Seikan rail tunnel as the longest in the world and pushed the 50.5km Channel Tunnel linking the UK and France into third place.

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Re: World's longest and deepest rail tunnel opens

#2  Postby tuco » Jun 02, 2016 3:30 am

Goods currently carried on the route by a million lorries a year will go by train instead.


Was about time. I hope most of freight transport will be moved to trains because trucks on roads just suck, period.
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Re: World's longest and deepest rail tunnel opens

#3  Postby felltoearth » Jun 05, 2016 4:02 pm

That'll save some carbon.
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Re: World's longest and deepest rail tunnel opens

#4  Postby Evolving » Jun 05, 2016 4:37 pm

In fact there has always been a rail tunnel under the Gotthard, but this one is properly horizontal and very fast.
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