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    Default World's Longest Tunnel Completed

    Engineers in Switzerland have smashed through the last stretch of rock to create the longest tunnel in the world.

    A gigantic drilling machine broke the remaining wall 8,200 feet (2,500m) below the imposing Piz Vatgira peak in the Gotthard massif several minutes ahead of schedule.

    Miners, VIPs and journalists inside the tunnel cheered as Switzerland reclaimed the tunnel record from Japan's Seikan Tunnel.

    The 35.4-mile Gotthard Base Tunnel is an important milestone in the creation of a high-speed rail network connecting all corners of Europe.

    It will allow millions of tons of goods currently transported through the Alps on heavy trucks to be shifted onto the rails.

    The tunnel is expected to open to trains in 2017, when it will reduce journey times between Zurich and Milan by as much as one-and-a-half hours.

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    This is great news. Underground tunnels and mines are featuring lately.

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