Modern Marvels

Season 7 Episode 3

The Chunnel

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 11, 2000 on The History Channel
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The Chunnel
The job of joining Britain and France via a tunnel under the English Channel was a challenge. Geologists tracked the only safe route with satellite technology, and French and British teams drilled towards each other using two of the largest Tunnel Boring Machines ever made. We'll explore the greatest underwater land-link of all time.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Electrified fences, baited traps, pits and dart guns all protect the Chunell from rabid foxes and terrorist attack.

      • A British workforce of 3,587 lived in barracks at the job site, put in 10 hour shift and earned between $1,000 and $3,500 a week digging out the Channel Tunnel.

      • Eleven men, nine British, two French, lost their lives building the Chunnel.

      • The Babylonians build the first underwater tunnel under the Euphrates River in 2180 B.C. The British built the second, 4000 years later, under the Thams in 1843.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: 300 feet beneath the English Channel, 31 miles long. The longest underwater train tunnel in the world, a link between a country and a continent. Now: The Chunnel, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Richard Storer
        Infrastructure Mgr., Eurotunnel, UK Terminal

        Colin Kirkland
        Former Technical Director, Eurotunnel

        Graham Anderson
        Chief Editor, "Construction News"

        Malcolm Davey
        Former Agent, Underground Ops, Transmanche Link

        Chris Charman
        Maintenance & Electrical Technician, Eurotunnel

        Bruno Bouthors
        Dir., Rolling Stock Maintenance, Eurotunnel

        Keith Harper
        Transport Editor, "The Guardian"

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Henry Schipper
        Producer: Henry Schipper
        Associate Producer: Christof Ritter
        Editor: Sean Dash
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Narrator: Harlan Saperstein
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Linda K. Clark
        Post Production Supervisor: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Amy Trahant
        Clearance Coordinator: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Barry Hill
        Researcher: Erik Hietter
        Researcher: Emily Lau
        Camera Operator: Will Jacob
        Audio: Lucy Pickering
        Post Production Coordinator: Jason Steinberg
        Assistant Editor: Stuart Brodlieb
        Assistant Editor: Harris Cohen
        Assistant: Gary Reid
        Post Production Assistant: Brian Volk
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Mike Forslund
        Animation: Doug Whitney
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Production Coordinator: Kathy Exner
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Gwendolyn Murphy
        Production Assistant: Jamie Schoenbrun
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll

        Special Thanks:
        Drew Fetherston
        Institution of Civil Engineers, UK
        Shona Cooper

        Supervising Producer: Beth Dietrich
        Executive Production: Charlie Maday

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