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Tunnel Under - major project in Switzerland

 
 
Reply Thu 4 Jan, 2007 04:18 pm
Wow!


article in Der Spiegel here -
http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,454843,00.html

the headline -

December 31, 2006

THE ALPINE MEGA-TUNNEL
Elevator to the Underworld

By Samiha Shafy
The world's longest railway tunnel, currently being built through the Swiss Alps, is impressive enough in its own right. But the construction project's most spectacular feature will be a train station in the heart of the mountain, from where tourists will shoot up to the surface in a high-speed elevator.


a few graphics from the article -

http://www.spiegel.de/img/0,1020,767461,00.jpg
The Gotthard tunnel will greatly cut travel times between Z├╝rich and Milan.



http://www.spiegel.de/img/0,1020,767463,00.jpg
From the "Porta Alpina", passengers will have easy access to the ski slopes.



http://www.spiegel.de/img/0,1020,767272,00.jpg
The elevator will carry tourists 800 meters to the surface.
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Reply Thu 4 Jan, 2007 04:35 pm
Incredible project, but knowing the Swiss, it will either pay out or they wouldn't be building it.
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Reply Thu 4 Jan, 2007 04:40 pm
After I went through the rigamarole of posting this, and expressing my own doubt about gettin' on that train or elevator, I started to think about matters like the Holland Tunnel in New York and the Chunnel under the English Channel, and decided that actually being in the train or the train station would likely not actually feel scary....
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