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A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! Answered

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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HisDivineShadow (author)2010-12-04

Put a japanese bullet train in there and culures would mix like salt and pepper...

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Flumpkins (author)2008-06-20
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Goodhart (author)2008-05-26

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 :-)

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CameronSS (author)Goodhart2008-05-27

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.

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Goodhart (author)CameronSS2008-05-27

Find a really tough, but transparent material for the tube that could stand up to the pressures, and that would REALLY be awesome.

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CameronSS (author)Goodhart2008-05-27

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.

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Keith-Kid (author)Goodhart2008-05-27

Well, at the speeds you would go, you really wont be able to see anything. You might see your breakfast again though...

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Goodhart (author)Keith-Kid2008-05-27

Hmm, then have it recorded and saved to HD-DVD for later viewing :-)

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KentsOkay (author)2008-05-27

Ahh nuts... I though I could hike to England without ever getting wet... Still pretty cool.

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Goodhart (author)KentsOkay2008-05-27

I was thinking of driving.....but that would be very impractical too. :-)

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xACIDITYx (author)2008-05-27

So, wait. It uses a camera? That's pretty cool!

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laminterious (author)2008-05-26

This is a great idea, and great art... too bad its fake.

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Mr Slippy Fist (author)2008-05-26

This is truly amazing but I was quite gutted when I found out it was'ent a real tunnel, as I wanted to run to America and kick that you just got kicked in the nuts bloke, in the the nuts to see how he likes it!

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Labot2001 (author)2008-05-26

Words fail me.

Amazing would shame this fine work of human ingenuity.

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Brennn10 (author)Labot20012008-05-26

You could not have said that any better. This is truly amazing.

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AndyGadget (author)2008-05-26

Interesting difference in perspectives. To me, it's an entertaining application of a bit of not too complex science. To the 'artist' (Paul StGeorge) . . . "The Telectroscope project brings together many strands of his career. His practice as an artist has always been concerned with questioning the relationship between the viewer and what is being viewed. His work is also often associated with different realities, spectacle and viewer participation."

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killerjackalope (author)2008-05-26

This is something great, one of those, makes the world a cooler place projects... Also why wasn't it featured... Heh told my mother about this and she kept going 'but there isn't a tunnel' eventually she got the explanation that it was magic... *note electricity is magic to her, she transcribed a couple of physics essays for me when my arm was broken, it took six attempts to explain some things, aong with her attempting to add 'better' phrases which were scientifically incorrect etc.

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AndyGadget (author)2008-05-26

I checked the date on the article and it wasn't April 1st, although now I see the missing bit is done with an internet link. (Just watch out for a Stainless Steel Rat!)

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PKM (author)2008-05-23

I might be in the middle of London tomorrow afternoon- if anyone else is going to be (or near the NY end tomorrow morning) lemme know and we can wave to each other :)

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Keith-Kid (author)PKM2008-05-24
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NachoMahma (author)2008-05-23

. Just saw that on the news (MSNBC). Excellent steampunk look to the thing. IIRC, they said it would be in operation through June 7th, but I may be confused.

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NachoMahma (author)NachoMahma2008-05-23

. Heehee. Look at the top of the page on the Telectroscope web site -- 22 May - 15 June 2008.

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Kiteman (author)NachoMahma2008-05-23

Rats - #2 son is in London 2 weeks later.

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