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Old October 15th, 2010, 03:20 PM   #501
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It's Thru! Huge thing that drill
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Old October 15th, 2010, 03:23 PM   #502
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hehe all EU transport ministers are watching it too together in Luxembourg and congratulating Switzerland, even though they have paid nothing
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Old October 15th, 2010, 03:29 PM   #503
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Old October 15th, 2010, 04:12 PM   #504
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Final breakthrough of the longest railway tunnel in the world

15.10.2010

World record on the Gotthard: The longest railway tunnel in the world has become a reality. On 15 October 2010 in the east tunnel, 30 km from the north portal and 27 km from the south portal, the final breakthrough of the Gotthard took place. At about 14:30, the tunnel boring machine, drilling from Faido, broke through the last metre of rock on the route to Sedrun.

The tunnel breakthrough was highly accurate. At 8 cm horizontally and 1 cm vertically, the deviation was very small. In his speech, Federal Councillor Moritz Leuenberger expressed pleasure, but was also moved by this important milestone on the Gotthard: “This breakthrough is a symbol of what policy can do, when we make it together,” he said. The new base tunnel will make Swiss – and also European – transport policy more sustainable. Renzo Simoni, Chief Executive Officer of AlpTransit Gotthard AG, singled out the numerous miners in his thanks. “Through their years of tireless commitment, they have made this world record possible. The miners are the heroes of today’s celebrations.”

Guests and miners are very happy

At the breakthrough point deep inside the mountain, a little over 6 km south of Sedrun, about 200 people, including Transport Minister Moritz Leuenberger and other guests of honour, witnessed the breakthrough by the tunnel boring machine. About 3500 miners and others involved in the project, including current and former engineers, planners, geologists and surveyors, followed the breakthrough on big screens at various venues: the Sedrun workshop, the Faido multifunction station, the north portal in Erstfeld, and the KKL in Lucerne. Swiss TV broadcast the event live throughout Switzerland and internationally

Importance for transport policy

The 57 km Gotthard base tunnel traverses the Alps, connecting the north portal in Erstfeld (Canton Uri) with the south portal in Bodio (Canton Ticino). With a rock overburden of up to 2500 m, the Gotthard base tunnel is also the most deeply set rail tunnel in the world. Together with the 15.4 km Ceneri base tunnel, the Gotthard base tunnel will provide a level track through the Alps. The base tunnel through the Gotthard is the core of the new rail connection. It is planned to become operational by the end of 2017. This will markedly improve passenger and freight transport at the heart of Europe: it will favour the shift of north-south freight traffic from road to rail, and shorten the journey time from Zurich to Milan from 3 hours 40 minutes to 2 hours 50 minutes. With the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA) on the Gotthard and the Lötschberg, Switzerland is contributing significantly to bring the people of Europe together – something the EU acknowledges.

Building the Gotthard base tunnel

The Gotthard base tunnel consists of two parallel single-track tubes, which are connected every 325 m by 40 m galleries. Overall, the tunnel system of the Gotthard base tunnel, including all tubes, shafts and galleries, measures 151.8 km. One and two thirds of the way along, at Faido and Sedrun, there are multifunction stations, which serve as emergency stopping points and places to change track. The Gotthard base tunnel was built simultaneously in five sections: Erstfeld, Amsteg, Sedrun, Faido and Bodio. The first works were carried out back in 1993, with the Piora exploratory boring, and from 1996 to 1998 with the blasting of the access shafts in Sedrun, Faido and Amsteg. Since 2001, the main lots have been constructed. The final breakthrough in the west tube is planned to take place in April 2011.

http://www.alptransit.ch/en/news/art...nnel-der-welt/
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Old October 15th, 2010, 04:41 PM   #505
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Let´s use the upcoming breakthrough as an opportunity to pay tribute to the current world record holder.




Seikan Tunnel (青函トンネル)- World´s longest tunnel

13.03.1988 --- 15.10.2010
13.03.1988, Seikan tunnel was opened for service. It still is the longest tunnel open in service.

When was Seikan tunnel broken through? And when shall Gotthard Base Tunnel open for service?
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Old October 15th, 2010, 05:10 PM   #506
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13.03.1988, Seikan tunnel was opened for service. It still is the longest tunnel open in service.

When was Seikan tunnel broken through? And when shall Gotthard Base Tunnel open for service?
It was expected to open by 2017, but the final opening date will probably be advanced to 2016
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Old October 15th, 2010, 06:09 PM   #507
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It was expected to open by 2017, but the final opening date will probably be advanced to 2016
Why?

Seikan main tunnel was broken through on 10th of March, 1985 (a pilot tunnel had broken through two years earlier). Then it took just 3 years and 3 days to open traffic.

What shall the Swiss be doing with the tunnel before they resume work on the other tunnel sometime in February 2011?
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Old October 15th, 2010, 06:27 PM   #508
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Old October 15th, 2010, 06:27 PM   #509
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Old October 15th, 2010, 07:27 PM   #510
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After hearing about this project back in 2004-2005 through the Discovery series Extreme Engineering, it is great to see that it is now one step closer to reality. Congratulations Switzerland! Now add those last couple track kms to Lotschberg
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Old October 15th, 2010, 08:49 PM   #511
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Why?

Seikan main tunnel was broken through on 10th of March, 1985 (a pilot tunnel had broken through two years earlier). Then it took just 3 years and 3 days to open traffic.
Every tunnel is different. Fitting out the Channel tunnel took four years, but they had the advantage that the tunnel boring machine also installed the lining. At the Gotthard they did it differently. The Seikan tunnel is only one big bore, and a service tunnel, the Gotthard is two bores...
The Gotthard tunnel is expected to be used by 300 trains a day. In principle the schedule calls for 2 high speed passenger trains and 8 freight trains per hour per direction. The tunnel will have advanced signalling and safety equipment, and all that needs thorough testing. From what I read elsewhere the rails could already be installed and ready in 2013. It's all the fiddly stuff that still needs to be done, plus testing, that takes so long.
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Old October 16th, 2010, 01:33 AM   #512
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Great. Simply great.
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Old October 16th, 2010, 08:04 PM   #513
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Seeing the boring machine finally emerges is an awesome sight, almost forgot about this project after that Extreme Engineering episode, Congrats!
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Old October 17th, 2010, 08:46 PM   #515
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http://www.videoportal.sf.tv/video?i...gang=front_pb1

Schweizer Fernsehen (Swiss Television): Horizonte

Only until 16.10.2010

Very interesting!
Does anybody know a way to download it?
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Congratulations... now let's wait for the Ceneri tunnel southwards, anyway I hope we will be able to travel along the beautiful historical Gotthard line even after new tunnel entry into service.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 02:02 PM   #517
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Does anybody know a way to download it?
You should type into google "download video from sf videoportal" and then you will find maybe a site, where they tell you, how it's possible...

Here is a firefox-addon, which shows you the address of the video, which you need to download the video: https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/6706/ (but it's not compatible with the newest version of Firefox)


An other option is with the VLC player here a german description for it: http://www.fcbforum.ch/forum/showpos...34&postcount=5

Translated for you: Open the VLC player -> click on File in the menu -> click on open network stream -> in the new window you have to type in the address of the video (the address you get with the firefox addon or you find in the source code, not the normal URL)-> choose a destination address -> click on convert

I haven't tested this method by myself, but it should work!
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Thank you. Apaprently this is working.
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Monthly update.

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Status of Work on the Gotthard and Ceneri

03.11.2010

As of November 1, 2010, of the total of 151.84 km of tunnels, galleries and passages of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, 149.9 km, or 98.7%, had been excavated. The total amount driven in October 2010 was 757 m.



Of the total of 39.78 km of the Ceneri Base Tunnel, at the end of October 2010, 9962 m, or 25.0%, had been excavated.
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Fantastic news.
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