The channel tunnel

The train races through the flat Kent countryside; I clock its speed at an eyeball-smooshing 186mph at one point. The morning is pastel coloured, with mist still creeping its way across the fields.

We'll enter the channel tunnel in a few minutes. It's funny to think that the first attempts at building a rail tunnel between England and France were in the late 1800s, around the same time that St Pancras station was built (though the idea went back even further, to the beginning of that century). It wasn't until 1994 that the current channel tunnel was completed though, the first attempt having been aborted, partly out of concerns of it being difficult to defend from invaders. It just shows how different Europe is now, that it's possible to build such a tunnel.

Anyway, see you on the other side!

Location: 
The channel tunnel entrance

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