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Old 21.03.2007, 08:49
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Swiss dig world's longest tunnel

Very interesting article here on the BBC news website about the world's longest tunnel currently under construction in Switzerland: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6471241.stm
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Old 21.03.2007, 10:06
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Re: Swiss dig world's longest tunnel

Nice article. I posted some links to satellite images of the town of Sedrun where they are digging from the center of the tunnel outwards in the second posting in the Swiss Sightseeing via Satellite thread. Also, if you're interested in this then you should check out the Wikipedia article on it, which includes some good diagrams and photos of the tunnel boring machines.
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Old 21.03.2007, 10:10
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Re: Swiss dig world's longest tunnel

There was a documentary on the Discovery Channel about the new Gotthard tunnel not s long ago. It was really interesting and showed how the are pushing the envelope of tunnel building with this project.
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Old 21.03.2007, 10:18
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Re: Swiss dig world's longest tunnel

I think the swiss just want to make their country look like swiss cheese - full of holes, urrrr, tunnels.
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Re: Swiss dig world's longest tunnel

Some of you might be interested to know that you can visit the tunnel construction site, and if you're lucky, you can even 'help' do a bit of the digging yourself!

There are two possible ways to visit. For one, you can book guided tours of the building site at one the four tunnel access points: Amsteg, Sedrun, Bodio or Faido. Tours are available in German, English, French or Italian, and would be a great idea for an educational day trip. More information about booking a guided tour can be found on the official AlpTransit website, which also has photo galleries, videos, webcams, and lots of other information about the tunnel.

Every year they also host a number of construction site open days on which you can just show up, get given a hard hat, and get a small tour. These require no advance booking, but I guess they can get a bit busy, in particular the one at Amsteg given it's proximity to Zurich. They haven't announced the construction site open days for this year yet, but I'll make sure to post them here once they've finalised the dates.

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The New Gotthard tunnel

hey guys!..I have recently heard that the brand-new Gotthard tunnel will make train connections between Milan and Zurich just two and a half hours long...does anyone of you know when it is completed? Do you have any other details about it?? Thanks very much indeed for your attention...
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Re: The New Gotthard tunnel

It's a long way from being finished.
http://www.englishforum.ch/internati...ghlight=tunnel
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Old 04.04.2007, 22:36
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Re: The New Gotthard tunnel

They just "settled" (so to say) a huge fight about contract allocation after the third appeal. We've got a good decade to wait. The new Lötschberg Tunnel, on the other hand, should be open very soon.

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Re: Swiss dig world's longest tunnel

Over three years since the last post on this thread. Work has continued and the breakthrough has now happened.

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On September 22, 2010, the last blast in the northern section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel took place. The miners of the Gotthard Base Tunnel North consortium blasted the last metres of rock in the branch-off construction of the Uri Underground Route Long in the Erstfeld-Amsteg section. The excavation and driving work in the Canton of Uri has thus come to an end after 11 years.
The official celebration for this will be in a few days:

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On October 15, 2010, to celebrate the final breakthrough between Sedrun and Faido, AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd will invite the local population to experience the breakthrough live in the InfoCenter at Erstfeld. Starting at 1 pm and lasting until 10 pm, in addition to the live broadcast the event will offer a wide programme of entertainment with local and national artists. Performances are planned of the Erstfeld Folk Dance & Song Group, the Erstfeld Young Music Group, the Gemsstock Trio, the Feensturm Group, and the singer Ritschi.
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Re: Swiss dig world's longest tunnel

I can highly recommend the tunnel tour at Faido - we did it - organised by a forum member, about 18 months ago - it was very interesting...
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Re: Swiss dig world's longest tunnel

shame it is scheduled to become operational only in 2017.
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Re: Swiss dig world's longest tunnel

I know it's Zurich to Milan but will it be non-stop or does anyone know which places it will stop at? I assume it's passenger as well as freight?
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Re: Swiss dig world's longest tunnel

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"Swiss dig world's longest railway tunnel" surely?

25 km short of even the Bronze position in the "longest tunnel" competition. And if they were smart over on the Brenner Base tunnel, they'd add two km-worth of loops'n'whirls to take it past the Gotthard Base's length
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"Swiss dig world's longest railway tunnel" surely?

25 km short of even the Bronze position in the "longest tunnel" competition. And if they were smart over on the Brenner Base tunnel, they'd add two km-worth of loops'n'whirls to take it past the Gotthard Base's length
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You are correct, but that is what the BBC said in 2007.
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Re: Swiss dig world's longest tunnel

If the first part of the project route from Zürich (the Zimmerbeg Tunnel) is suspended and only planned as part of the 2030 project where will the trains run after Thalwil? Along the current rail route via Horgen oberdorf?? THat's only single track through the tunnel in't it. Won't that be something of a bottleneck to the whole scheme?
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You are correct, but that is what the BBC said in 2007.
That must have been the one bit of BBC output in 2007 that I somehow missed
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If the first part of the project route from Zürich (the Zimmerbeg Tunnel) is suspended and only planned as part of the 2030 project where will the trains run after Thalwil? Along the current rail route via Horgen oberdorf?? THat's only single track through the tunnel in't it. Won't that be something of a bottleneck to the whole scheme?
In the big scheme of things, the Zimmerberg Tunnel is a minor part of the project:

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The Zimmerberg Base Tunnel complements the new Gotthard link to the north. The three base tunnels cut the journey time between Zurich and Milan to 2 hours and 40 minutes. This allows optimal connections between the Swiss and Italian timetable systems. Without the Zimmerberg Base Tunnel the journey time would be 2 hours and 50 minutes and the optimal connections would then not be possible.


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Re: Swiss dig world's longest tunnel

A rather funny blog post via swissinfo.

Apparently the miners are hoping the tunnel doesnt spoil its own opening ceremony.
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In the big scheme of things, the Zimmerberg Tunnel is a minor part of the project:

Without the Zimmerberg Base Tunnel the journey time would be 2 hours and 50 minutes and the optimal connections would then not be possible.

Seems it may be minor in length/time, but not minor in result.

With the optimal connections most likely representing link-ups with high-speed rail on the Italian side.

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Without the Zimmerberg Base Tunnel the journey time would be 2 hours and 50 minutes and the optimal connections would then not be possible.

Seems it may be minor in length/time, but not minor in result.

With the optimal connections most likely representing link-ups with high-speed rail on the Italian side.
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