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2010-12-01 10:30:00

CANTON, Ohio, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- (NYSE: TKR): On Oct. 15, 2010, Switzerland's Gotthard base tunnel became a reality. At 2:17 p.m. Geneva Time that day, a boring machine in the east tunnel located 6 km (3.7 mi) south of Sedrun broke through the last meter of rock deep inside the Alpine range. The colossal 57-km (35.4-mi) Gotthard railway tunnel is the world's longest, most deeply set passage of its kind. It took 15 years, 3,000 workers, euro 9.1 billion (US$12.7 billion) - and...

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2010-10-15 12:30:00

The world's longest tunnel was started on Friday using a giant drilling machine to help clear a path deep beneath the Swiss Alps. "The Gotthard will forever be a spectacular and grandiose monument with which all tunnels will be compared," said Swiss Transport Minister Moritz Leuenberger. The 35.4-mile Gotthard base tunnel will connect a new network between northern and southeastern Europe, which could shift truck freight onto rails and decongest the Alps in central Switzerland when it opens...

2010-10-12 07:58:00

BERN, Switzerland, October 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The new Gotthard Base Tunnel - at 57 kilometres the longest railway tunnel in the world - will achieve breakthrough on October 15, 2010. swissinfo.ch is devoting a multimedia special dossier to this important stage in the new transalpine transit route, explaining the most important aspects of the project to people around the world. For 14 years, huge boring machines have been tunnelling through the mountain from Erstfeld in the...


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