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Aug 26, 2015

Building The World’s Longest Train Tunnel Through The Alps

Building The World’s Longest Train Tunnel Through The Alps

The world's longest train tunnel should become operational at the end of 2016, consisting of two parallel single track tunnels, each of a length of 57 km (35 miles). REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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Journalists walk through the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel during a media visit near the town of Sedrun ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS

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Engine driver Kowatsch steers a train through the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel during a media visit near the town of Erstfeld ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS

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Journalists stand at a multifunction and emergency stop station of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel during a media visit near the town of Sedrun ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS

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Journalists walk at a multifunction and emergency stop station of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel near Sedrun ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS

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A TV cameraman takes pictures of an emergency vent at a multifunction and emergency stop station of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel, near Sedrun ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS

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A journalist walks through an an emergency tunnel at a multifunction and emergency stop station of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel near Sedrun ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS

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A journalist walks past a sign showing the distance to the next emergency exit at the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel near Sedrun ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS

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A long exposure is taken from a train driving through the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel during a media visit near Sedrun ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS

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A worker stands in a side tunnel of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel during a media visit near the town of Sedrun ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS

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Journalists walk through the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel during a media visit near the town of Sedrun ARND WIEGMANN/REUTERS

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Workers in the Gotthard Basis Tunnel install steel to stabilize the tunnel walls in Sedrun /REUTERS

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A miner climbs on excavated rocks after a giant drill machine broke through at the final section of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel /REUTERS

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A miner holds a statue of St. Barbara as he is welcomed by colleagues after breaking through the section Erstfeld-Amsteg at the construction site of the NEAT Gotthard Base /REUTERS

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Miners stand in front as the drill machine 'Gaby' breaks through the rock at the section Erstfeld-Amsteg at the construction site of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel /REUTERS

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A worker stands at the construction site of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel /REUTERS

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Workers have a break during the installation of the railway tracks in the NEAT Gotthard Base tunnel near Erstfeld /REUTERS

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Swiss Foreign Minister Burkhalter and Swiss President Widmer-Schlumpf look up during their visit at the construction site of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel in Sedrun /REUTERS

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Railway tracks are seen in the NEAT Gotthard Base tunnel near Amsteg /REUTERS

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A worker carries material over the railway tracks in the NEAT Gotthard Base tunnel near Amsteg /REUTERS

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Workers cycle next to the railway tracks at the NEAT Gotthard Base tunnel near Amsteg /REUTERS

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Workers operate on a tunnel drilling machine inside the Gotthard base tunnel in Erstfeld central Switzerland /REUTERS

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A worker and a visitor stand at the construction site of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel at the Erstfeld-Amsteg section /REUTERS

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Visitors walk through the construction site of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel at the Erstfeld-Amsteg section /REUTERS

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A statue of Saint Barbara stands in a shrine at the construction site of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel at the Erstfeld-Amsteg section /REUTERS

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Miners watch as the drill machine "Sissi" breaks through the rock at the final section Faido-Sedrun construction site of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel /REUTERS

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Miners spray water as the drill machine 'Sissi' breaks through the rock at the final section Faido-Sedrun, at the construction site of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel /REUTERS

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