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The Gotthard Tunnel

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1x52'

HD

Photo: Galaxie Presse

A Giant Beneath the Alps

Connecting two valleys in the Swiss Alps, the Gotthard Base Tunnel is the longest railway tunnel in the world. Faster, cheaper, more efficient and above all more environmentally friendly than anything of its kind, it was conceived with a dual purpose in mind: to relieve congestion along the Rotterdam-Genoa trade route, and reduce travel time for rail passengers, since trains can run at speeds of up to 200 km/h (125 mph) inside. In a unique voyage of discovery, every step in the construction of this state-of-the-art tunnel will be described in detail by those involved—from its conception, to the drilling of 152 kilometers of underground galleries, the laying of dual tracks, and its grand opening on 11 December 2016, when a dream begun 70 years ago finally became reality.

Factual > Science & Technology

Theme(s):
Science & Technology
Producer(s) & Channel(s):
Galaxie Presse / RMC Découverte
Director(s):
Nicolas Brénéol
Year:
2017
Versions:
English / French
Nationality:
France
Available rights:
French-speaking territories / Worldwide

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