Breakthrough of the Longest Tunnel in the World

October 15th, 2010 by ant6n

The longest tunnel in the world is now in Switzerland. Since 8:00 Eastern Time this morning, when a TBM broke through the walls to form the Gotthard Base Tunnel. This 57Km train tunnel, to be completed around 2017, at a cost to the tune of 1300$ for every person in Switzerland, represents this country’s vision of a future on rails; to get the freight away from the congested roads of the Alps; to cut down travel times between Switzerland and Italy by about an hour with trains traveling at 250Km/h through the underground passageway; to connect Northern and Southern Europe divided by the massive mountains. And In North America we watch with envy.

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