A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!

Deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean, forgotten for the best part of a century, lies a tunnel linking London and New York.

It was built on the whim of a Victorian inventor with the aim of linking two great cities and developing the kind of friendship that still exists today.

But bad fortune befell the venture - and the tunnel lay idle ever after.

Until today, that is.

One end of the "tunnel" emerges next to Tower Bridge on the banks of the Thames in London - the other is next to Brooklyn Bridge on the banks of New York's East River.

It looks like something HG Wells might have imagined.

Each end has a giant telescope-like construction which appears to punch its way out of the earth.

There are dials, and levers, and thermometer gauges on the side of the 20m long brass and wood construction.

Peer into it and you can see people on the other side of the Atlantic.

Wave at them, they wave back at you.

Web-cam it ain't, but the Telectroscope is fascinating. I hope it's stays operational for quite some time.

Telectroscope website
Daily Mail article
BBC Story
BBC Video

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Put a japanese bullet train in there and culures would mix like salt and pepper...
Flumpkins9 years ago
OMG!!! That's AWESOME!!!
Goodhart9 years ago
Very nice, but I was hoping it was a different kind of tunnel....but now that I think about it.....no one could "travel that distance" underground, without a lot of different "provisions" along the way :-)
Pressurized high-speed trains? You'd have significant line losses over thousands of miles, though. That would be awesome...Especially if there were windows with floodlights so you could watch the ocean floor speed by.
Find a really tough, but transparent material for the tube that could stand up to the pressures, and that would REALLY be awesome.
Some sort of tough plastic (polycarbonate? ABS?) with a metal (titanium or stainless steel) mesh molded in, perhaps. It would be a pain in the neck to maintain, though.
Well, at the speeds you would go, you really wont be able to see anything. You might see your breakfast again though...
Hmm, then have it recorded and saved to HD-DVD for later viewing :-)
KentsOkay9 years ago
Ahh nuts... I though I could hike to England without ever getting wet... Still pretty cool.
I was thinking of driving.....but that would be very impractical too. :-)
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