Nov 13, 2003 Reduction of travel time is only one of the goals of the Alpine rail link project. 1882 – OPENING OF THE GOTTHARD RAILWAY The 15 kilometre summit tunnel on the Gotthard railway was the longest tunnel in the world. By the end of this decade, when other projects like the Fréjus or the Brenner are completed, it will be about 30th in the world rankings. Attended by Europe’s most powerful people, the opening ceremony of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland was a dark, disturbing, weirdly satanic ritual. The original Gotthard Tunnel was first, opening in 1882 and measuring 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) in length. It is built as one double-track, standard gauge tunnel. Deep within the tunnels, two cavernous "multi-function stations" at Sedrun and Faido allow trains to cross between the two tunnels while maintenance is taking place or in case of emergencies. The Ceneri Base Tunnel and the Gotthard Base Tunnel -- the world's longest railway tunnel -- will shave hours off the time it take trains to cross the mountains of Europe. The first people to travel through the tunnel at the official opening will be 500 winners of a ticket lottery, along with their guests. The other, just as important and in fact written into Switzerland’s constitution after the “Alpine initiative” approved by voters in 1994, is to get heavy goods traffic off the road and onto rail. Whatever the arguments for and against these mega-projects, the move towards more environmentally friendly forms of transport combined with the ever-present demands for increased efficiency and lower costs ensure that this new generation of tunnels under Alps will play a major role in the development of Europe's economy and travel industry over the coming decades. The link above begins near the end of the ceremonial rite, 6 hours and 26 minutes into the lengthy video that captures the festivities surrounding the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland. Artists perform on the opening day of the Gotthard rail tunnel, at Erstfeld, Switzerland. The Gotthard Tunnel (German: Gotthardtunnel, Italian: Galleria del San Gottardo) is a 15,003 m (49,221 ft) long railway tunnel and forms the summit of the Gotthard Railway in Switzerland. All these new tunnels look set to be delivered later than planned and cost significantly more than their original budgets. The CBT, one of a trio of new tunnels, creates an uninterrupted rail route from the Dutch North Sea port of Rotterdam to the Italian city of Genoa on the Mediterranean. For centuries, the Brenner Pass has been the primary trade route between wealthy Bavaria and northern Italy. For travellers, the change will only become a reality when the national rail timetable changes in December, at which point the tunnel will come into use. Journeys from Innsbruck to Bolzano in Italy will be cut from two hours to just 50 minutes. Civil engineering work started as far back as 2002, although tunneling did not commence until 2016 and is expected to last 10 years. At the end of 2016, the first high-speed trains will travel through the Gotthard Base Tunnel at speeds of 200 to 250 kilometers per hour. From next year, travellers will be able to get to Milan from Zurich in less than three-and-a-half hours. More than 2,500 people worked on its construction, carving and blasting their way through almost 30 million tonnes of granite before laying almost 250 miles of steel rails and installing thousands of miles of cables for power, signaling and communications systems. For what I see it is a modern dance company in orange jump suits. The 17-mile, $3.65bn Semmering base tunnel will create a new, faster route from the Austrian capital and central Europe to the Adriatic when it opens in 2027. Re: Gotthard tunnel ILLUMINATI opening Ceremony by Lucifer on Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:18 pm Now that's what I call legit opening ceremony attractiv and innovative , instead we got that retard Guetta with his retard and depressing music. On the 1st of June 2016, after years of planning and many decisions, the time has finally come: the opening ceremony of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in the heart of the Swiss Alps! Features. The mammoth multi-billion-franc project to complete the 57-kilometre connection, bored beneath the Alps, is set to be operational on December 11th 2016, SBB officials said at a press conference at Erstfeld in the canton of Uri. ... it will reduce the train journey from Zurich to Milan by 1 hour to 2 hours and 40 minutes. This 9.5-mile-long CBT eliminates the remaining "mountain" section of the busiest north-south route between the economic powerhouses of northern Europe and northern Italy. As well as the GBT, a second base tunnel is also in operation further west, linking Basel, Bern and Milan. The GBT may be the current longest railway in the world, but it is a title the Swiss have held on three separate occasions. Jun 2, 2017 A friend recently sent me a video to the Gotthard Tunnel opening ceremony in Switzerland that took place on June 1, 2016. Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann smiles next to a projection of the North entrance of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel prior to the opening ceremony on June 1, 2016 in Erstfeld. Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann smiles next to a projection of the North entrance of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel prior to the opening ceremony on June 1, 2016 in Erstfeld. That legislation stipulates that the number of heavy vehicles crossing the Alps annually be reduced from 1.4 million in the year 2000 to 650,000 – an objective that should have been reached two years after the opening of the Gotthard tunnel. Your web browser is outdated. At the heart of this $27.7 billion mega-project is a $9 billion, 36-mile base tunnel to replace a difficult mountain route through the Savoy Alps. The “goat-man” that played such a key role in this performance bore a striking resemblance to Baphomet , which in recent decades has become one of the key symbols used to represent Satan in the occult community. However, there is no reason to expect a sudden surge in road-to-rail transfer. Secondly was the Simplon Tunnel measuring 19.8 kilometres (12.3 miles) which was completed in 1905. "Those of us who remember the old route will miss the journey 'over the top' on the spirals of the old high-altitude Gotthard line, but it remains a scenic route with great views.". Measuring over 57 km and costing over 11 billion Euros, the Gotthard Base Tunnel is world’s longest and most expensive tunneling project in … All have their opponents too, whether political, environmental or from the communities affected by these massive construction projects. The Ceneri tunnel will also helps this: it will enable an upgrade of the line between Chiasso and Milan, giving goods traffic on the north-south corridor an additional outlet – on top of the usual Lötschberg/Simplon and Bellinzona/Luino/Gallarate routes. Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world’s longest and deepest railway tunnel, officially opened on the 01 June 2016, 17 years after the start of construction.. Switzerland is celebrating the opening of the 57 kilometre Gotthard Base Tunnel which will connect northern and southern Europe under the Swiss Alps. The base tunnels are the key component of this strategy. Work on the Gotthard Base Tunnel was completed in 2016. On the one hand, they allow for an increase in the number of tracks devoted to goods trains, and on the other hand, since these lines run on level ground, they allow an increase in the length of trains, from 500m to 740m. The Swiss have made a big investment in smoothing the flow of freight between Europe's major economies while ensuring rail remains a competitive option for moving goods.". It connects Göschenen with Airolo and was the first tunnel through the Saint-Gotthard Massif in order to bypass the St Gotthard Pass. Join us on a 12-month journey to see them all, 25 amazing feats of engineering around the world. The major beneficiaries of the new tunnel are freight companies which will gain more capacity, lower costs and shorter journey times on this key trans-European axis -- and the Alpine communities along the old line who have been blighted by the noise of heavy rail traffic for decades. With 56,978 metres (west tunnel; east tunnel 57,091 metres), the Gotthard Base Tunnel is the longest railway tunnel in the world. The new Ceneri tunnel, though a key building-block in the transfer policy, is not a magic wand. This content was published on Jun 2, 2017 The Gotthard Pass is located halfway between Lake Lucerne and Lake Maggiore. May 19 2017 (TRUNEWS) On June 1st, 2016, Switzerland unveiled the world s longest and deepest railroad tunnel with a deeply occultist, satanic ceremony. ... 2 hours ago. South of Vienna, the oldest and most celebrated railway across the Alps is also being bypassed. Because, with all its endless delays and compromises, the Swiss direct democracy system has a significant advantage: once a project has been ratified by voters, it can be implemented without further delay. The museum is located in a 1834 building which used to … Since the 13th century, the 2,106-metre-high (6,909 ft) Gotthard Pass has been an important trade route from northern to southern Europe. For one thing, rail is not the solution for all transport needs. The opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel therefore not only marks the inauguration of the world’s longest railway tunnel, but also a feat of engineering on a global scale that brings Europe closer together. 571. Close. Journey times for international travelers between Zurich and Milan will be slashed to just two and a half hours, compared with four hours via the old Gotthard route, with passenger trains traveling at up to 125 miles per hour through the tunnels. Excavation on this scale generated extraordinary quantities of rock and spoil; the rock from the Gotthard tunnels alone would have filled a train of wagons stretching from Zurich to Chicago -- a distance of 4,440 miles. On its own, the Mount Ceneri tunnel cost about CHF3.6 billion to complete. A further eight million tonnes has been excavated from the new Ceneri Base Tunnel further south. During the season, it's closed daily between 6 pm and 8 am. Nevertheless, investment in physical infrastructure like new rails and switches has not been given a firm date. The Ceneri Base Tunnel and the Gotthard Base Tunnel -- the world's longest railway tunnel -- will shave hours off the time it take trains to cross the mountains of Europe. The Gotthard Base Tunnel through the Swiss Alps took 17 years and over 11 billion Euros ($12.5 billion US) to build and was intended to improve transportation as well as be a symbol of European unification. When opened in 1882, the Gotthard Tunnel was the longest tunnel in the world. The opening of the Ceneri tunnel also means a transport revolution for the southern canton of Ticino. Secondly was the Simplon Tunnel measuring 19.8 kilometres (12.3 miles) which was completed in 1905. After opening the entire NEAT, the journey time from Zurich to Milan will be cut by one hour to 2 hours and 40 minutes. Bizarre Opening Ceremony For Gotthard Base Tunnel In Switzerland. The Gotthard base tunnel, the longest train tunnel in the world, is on track to open in exactly two years, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) announced on Thursday. The difficult and dangerous journeys over the Please use a modern web browser for a better experience. Thousands of feet beneath the Swiss Alps, a massive engineering project years in the making is reaching its final stages after a huge new tunnel was opened. Opened between 1848 and 1854, the current mountain railway was the first to traverse the Alps and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. GBT is part of a wider project, officially known as Neue Eisenbahn Alpentransversale or New Trans-Alpine Railways, to provide flatter, high capacity rail links between Northern Europe and Italy. The Ceneri Base Tunnel, just short of 25 miles in length, is the final section of a new high-speed, high-capacity railway that plunges deep under the mountains of Europe in an effort to drastically reduce transport times across the continent. The situation is more complicated in southern Germany, where there have been considerable delays in the project to widen the Rhine Valley stretch to four tracks. It will provide a flatter, more direct route under the Tirol Alps and allow freight trains to bypass the city of Innsbruck. The Italian-speaking canton of Ticino enjoys a kinder, more Mediterranean climate than its neighbors "over the hill," with palm trees and vineyards providing a stark contrast to the northern European weather and formidable granite valleys we left behind so recently. The impact will be significant on international traffic, too. It has been nearly a year since the bizarre opening event, but the story lives on today. This content was published on September 4, 2020 - 09:00, This content was published on Dec 10, 2016, This content was published on Nov 13, 2003, This content was published on Jun 2, 2017, This content was published on Jun 15, 2007, This content was published on Aug 29, 2019, Schweizer Jahrhundert-Tunnel nach 30 Jahren vollendet, 28 años después, la obra del siglo se hace realidad, Após 28 anos, a obra do século vira realidade, Vingt-huit ans plus tard, la matérialisation de l’ouvrage du siècle, В Швейцарии торжественно открыли туннель Монте-Ченери, Dopo 28 anni, l'opera del secolo diventa realtà, nothing likely to change here before 2050. The stunning scenery of the old Gotthard mountain route is world famous, but its steep gradients and constant curves limited capacity and train weights. With that in mind, a great deal has already been done to bring surrounding infrastructure up to scratch. The world's largest tunnel, it took 17 years to complete and promises a new era of state-managed European and global connectedness. However, the GBT, which opened in 2016, is only part of the story. Trump's hour-long phone call fact-checked. The opening ceremony of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland featured a “goat-man” that dies, is resurrected, is worshipped and is crowned as “the king of the world”. A winged baby, semi-naked dancers and a man with a bird's nest on his head: How Switzerland decided to mark opening of world's longest rail tunnel The new £8.5bn Gotthard Base Tunnel … Shorter journey times meant that passenger numbers increased by 30% in the months after it opened. The original Gotthard Tunnel was first, opening in 1882 and measuring 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) in length. From Lugano to Locarno the savings will be even greater, down from 50 to 29 minutes. "The Gotthard Base Tunnel cuts 40 minutes from the journey between Zurich or Basel and Milan, ensuring rail remains the mode of choice between Zurich and Italy," Mark Smith, a rail travel expert better known as "The Man in Seat 61," told CNN earlier this year. Excavation of the two 35-mile running tunnels was completed in 2011 and employed a combination of traditional drilling/blasting and massive tunnel boring machines with 32-foot diameter cutting faces and miles of conveyor belts to carry rock away for recycling. Posted by 4 years ago. SWI swissinfo.ch - a branch of Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR. With the opening of the Gotthard base tunnel in 2016, the time taken for the journey was already cut by half an hour. There's no sensation of being 8,000 feet below the Alpine watershed as tunnel lights flash past at 125 mph, although in the tube itself, temperatures can reach 104 F (40 C) at this depth and huge fans blow cooling air through the tunnels to maintain a more comfortable atmosphere. Everything about this $11.3 billion project is on a grand scale; at their deepest point, the GBT's twin tunnels are around 8,000 feet below the Alpine peaks. Mail actually began to be sent through the tunnel in 1881 when only the structural work was completed. When other projects are completed, including on the Italian side, this time will drop to 3 hours – that’s 40 minutes less than what it is now. Legal challenges, political opposition and protests, occasionally violent in nature, have beset this project from the outset, particularly on the Italian side. Whereas the mountain route had -- and still has -- the power to distract even the most jaded passenger, the primary sensations of the base tunnel are the sudden change of ambient sound, and a noticeable acceleration when the new section is reached. Travel time between Bellinzona and Lugano will be cut by a third, from 27 to 19 minutes. Those opposed for financial or environmental reasons, notably the Greens, accepted the verdict of the ballot box without reservation. This content was published on Dec 10, 2016 Then, due to more coronavirus-linked delays, we will have to wait until April 2021 to see all the connections in place. Almost 10,000 passengers and around 67,000 tonnes of freight pass through the Gotthard tunnel each day putting the structure to the test. Before modern transport, the traverse of the pass took days, and snow makes it a challenge in winter. When the shorter, but equally important Ceneri Base Tunnel, near Lugano, sees its first trains at the end of 2020, the final piece of the jigsaw will be in place. Images highlighting some of the more unusual moments of the opening ceremony for the Gotthard base tunnel in Switzerland. The new Gotthard rail link is set to bring northern and southern Europe much closer together. "It's the last part of the puzzle," Vincent Ducrot, the chief executive of Swiss Federal Railways, told reporters at an opening ceremony last week. The 21.5-mile Lötschberg Base Tunnel has provided a shorter, flatter and more direct route under the Bernese Alps since 2007. Ben Jones is a freelance railway and travel writer, senior correspondent at The Railway Magazine and regular contributor to numerous other railway publications in the UK. The ritual actually begins as the train departs, about 5 hours and 57 minutes in. National Museum of the St. Gotthard The Gotthard Museum evokes and vividly represents both the importance and influence of this route – economically, strategically, politically, and culturally speaking. Some time ago, I wrote about the unveiling of a statue of Baphomet for public worship in Detroit. The Ceneri Base Tunnel in southern Switzerland is due to open in December 2020. Trump's hour-long phone call fact-checked. The Gotthard Base Tunnel through the Swiss Alps took 17 years and over 11 billion Euros ($12.5 billion US) to build and was intended to improve transportation as well as be a symbol of European unification. > How do you explain the Gotthard Tunnel opening to people who think it was satanic? The transport revolution might still take a while. "They overcome a major historical constraint on the main north-south rail axis across the Alps. Photo gallery Gotthard Base Tunnel See Gallery Aug 29, 2019 Measuring over 57 km and costing over 11 billion Euros, the Gotthard Base Tunnel is world’s longest and most expensive tunneling project in History. Sedrun was intended to become by far the world's deepest underground passenger station, known as Porta Alpina, with 2,600-foot-deep elevator shafts linking the platforms to the villages above, but the plan was dropped as uneconomic in 2012. The Weird Gotthard Tunnel Opening Ceremony One Year Later Donate. When the 39.7-mile, $6.6 billion tunnel system is completed in 2028, it will take the GBT's crown as the world's longest rail tunnel. For a long time, experts on Alpine road construction considered the Gotthard … Eventually, this is expected to more than double the route's annual transport capacity from 20 million to around 50 million tonnes. The chart below concerns the Gotthard and not the Ceneri, but gives an impression of how things have changed over a few decades. In particular, the 56km Gotthard base tunnel, inaugurated with great pomp in 2016, continues to enjoy the title of world’s longest – a title it will hold onto for at least another decade, until the Brenner tunnel links Italy and Austria. Keith Barrow, editor of Today's Railway Europe, is under no illusions about the value of the new railway. For regular travelers, heads buried in spreadsheets, answering emails or watching movies, the transit through the GBT barely registers nowadays, so routine has this engineering marvel become. South of Lugano, trains will still have to slow down on a line dating from 1874, with nothing likely to change here before 2050. The GBT may be the current longest railway in the world, but it is a title the Swiss have held on three separate occasions. Compared to the figures for the Gotthard or Lötschberg (34.6km), the Monte Ceneri seems like small fry. Control of its access routes led to the birth of the Swiss Confederacy. This content was published on Aug 29, 2019 In contrast to similar projects elsewhere – the Turin-Lyon line, for example, blocked by opposition groups – the Alpine rail link project has never become a target of protests or demonstrations. Gentler gradients now allow heavier freight trains to run unassisted through Switzerland and increase capacity from the old limit of 140-180 trains per day via the mountain route to 220-260 daily. Features. Construction projects of this magnitude are not without their critics or difficulties, though. Here’s a look at another celebration of the occult elite. Gotthard Tunnel Opening Ceremony - I. Devil Adored at Swiss Tunnel Opening Ceremony. It's a landmark moment in the development of trans-Alp rail links which are set to become operational in December 2020. However, though the number of heavy vehicles is dropping, the target is still a long way away. Now Switzerland’s collection is about to welcome a new addition: the 15.4-kilometre Mount Ceneri tunnel, where the ribbon is to be cut on September 4 in a scaled-down, Covid-conscious ceremony. Follow him on Twitter, There's a perfect beach for every week of the year. Find hotels and airbnbs near Gotthard Pass (Map) A Swiss Federal Railways Giruno train, built for the new Gotthard services, emerges from the northern portal of the 35-mile base tunnel. Remarkably, by avoiding the famous spirals of the old mountain route, the GBT shortens the distance between Zurich and Milan by 25 miles. AlpTransit Gotthard (ATG) has announced it will go ahead with opening the Ceneri Base Tunnel on 4 September 2020, but with more modest celebrations. The opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel therefore not only marks the inauguration of the world’s longest railway tunnel, but also a feat of engineering on a global scale that brings Europe closer together. But two decades ago, its 15.4km would have put it in the world’s top 10 by length. The transalpine tunnel in southern Switzerland will be inaugurated by the Swiss president on September 4, 2020. Obviously this is a … This figure is in line with the 1992 estimate put before voters of CHF15 billion, which did not allow for price increases and other changes. National Museum of the St. Gotthard The Gotthard Museum evokes and vividly represents both the importance and influence of this route – economically, strategically, politically, and culturally speaking. Heading south, the journey remains much the same, skirting the lakes of Zurich and Zug, passing the home of the world-famous Swiss Army knives at Schwyz before sweeping along the eastern shore of Lake Luzern -- known locally as the Vierwaldstaettersee -- towards Altdorf, the home of William Tell and the northern portal of the base tunnel. 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