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A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on December 8, 2005

Yes, we could build one. But it wouldn’t be what we’d normally think of as a tunnel, and would require more than a billion tons of steel, and cost trillions of dollars.

Still, it would be Main Course in London, Dessert in New York, thanks to 5,000 mph mag-lev trains.

Anyone else reminded of Donald Fagen’s song I.G.Y., from that excellent album, The Nightfly

On that train all graphite and glitter
Undersea by rail
Ninety minutes from New York to Paris
Well by seventy-six we’ll be A.O.K.

Mmmm. Wonderful music.


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  1. vampwillow said,

    so an aging nuclear sub, running deep and quiet, runs into a cable holding the tube to the ocean floor. which comes off worse …

    and should the worst happen and water get into the ‘tunnel’ I wouldn’t give much for the prospects of any passengers in there – and what about walking out of the tunnel should there be a breakdown (couldn’t even do a eurotunnel vehicle access – no petrol stations 2000 miles in!)

    otherwise, yes please 😉

  2. alex_holden said,

    Where are our coal-dust powered Zeppelins and nuclear steam locomotives?

  3. ccomley said,

    Ah – a less well known tome. In which, if I remember correctly, the merkins failed to win independance. Under which circumstances, I can see the use of a tunnel. As it *is*, I’m much more intersted in the plans for a mid-atlantic *wall*.

  4. ajshepherd said,

    *ahem* Donald Fagen, but I always loved that song.

  5. sbisson said,


    (runs away to edit typo)

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