World’s longest rail tunnel opens under the Alps

THE 57km-(35.4miles) long Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) was formally opened on June 12, amid major celebrations by the Swiss government.

World’s longest rail tunnel opens under the Alps
The first train comes out of the tunnel’s north portal near Erstfeld, Switzerland, on June 1, the opening day of the Gotthard rail tunnel. LAURENT GILLIERON/KEYSTONE VIA AP
The tunnel is longer and deeper than any other in the world.

Over the following weekend tens of thousands of Swiss and foreign visitors visited the new tunnel and railway events, which were arranged nearby.

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