Thursday, May 14, 2009
Eurostar chunnel train
London to Brussels in 1 hour 56 minutes, departing since November, 2008, from the new St. Pancras International Station. 20 minutes of that time is spent whisking through the Channel Tunnel, 250 feet under the English Channel, linking Dover and Calais. The service is operated by 18 car trains that travel 189 miles per hour. The Channel Tunnel is constructed of two single track tunnels, one for each direction; there is also a center service track.
Adjacent to the metal and glass St. Pancras terminal, the enormous Victorian era brick and stone train station hotel, long shuttered, is being restored and will once again serve guests, under management of Marriott Hotels. The projected opening date is 2010.