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Channel Tunnel/Eurotunnel

Monument of the Millennium


Eurotunnel The Eurotunnel Rail System fulfilled a centuries-old dream to link Britain and the rest of Europe. More than a tunnel, it rolls infrastructure and immense machinery into an underwater tunnel system of unprecedented ambition. Three five-feet-thick concrete tubes plunge into the earth at Coquelles, France, and burrow through the chalky basement of the English Channel, re-emerging at Folkstone, behind the white cliffs of Dover. The broadest trains ever built -- 14-feet wide double deckers -- travel through the tunnels at 100 mph. Passengers board in automobiles and buses, not on foot. Maintenance and emergency vehicles ply a third tunnel, which is located between the rail tubes. Some 300 miles of cold water piping run alongside the rail tracks to drain off the heat raised by air friction.  

Additional Information  

http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/eurostar/channel_tunnel.htm
Description of the Channel Tunnel including diagram and statistics.

http://www.raileurope.com/us/
Detailed information on Europasses and similar travel arrangements.

http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1996/1996061.htm
Information on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act of 1996.

http://www.eurotunnel.co.uk/english/explorer_e.htm
Homepage of the high speed transport system which links the UK to France through the Channel Tunnel.

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