New book documents construction of the world's longest tunnel

From the beginning of December 2010, the book "Gotthard-Basistunnel – der längste Tunnel der Welt" is available in bookshops. On 268 pages, the origins and construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel up to the final breakthrough in October 2010 are documented. The book is the second volume of a trilogy about the construction project of the century.

The book gives an insight into the world of tunnel construction and presents an overview of the entire Gotthard Base Tunnel project. "Our book shows the challenges that confronted the people involved in the project during the construction phase", stated Renzo Simoni, Chief Executive Officer of AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd, at the book's launch on December 2, 2010, in the InfoCenter at Erstfeld. Topics include defining the route of the new Gotthard line, surveying, driving, the concrete-shell infrastructure systems, spoil management, project management, and the award of contracts for the construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. The images by Canton of Uri photographer Angel Sanchez impressively document the tough work of the miners.

Volume two of a trilogy
The contributions were written entirely by people involved in the project. The book will therefore appeal to a wide public who are interested in the history of transport and railways as well as building construction and civil engineering. As the second volume of a trilogy, the book follows the first title, "The World's Longest Tunnel – the Future Begins", which was published by Werd in 2002. Completion of the series with a third volume is planned for after the Gotthard Base Tunnel is opened. This will focus on the installation of the railway infrastructure systems, which already started in May 2010.

The book about the world record: "Gotthard-Basistunnel – der längste Tunnel der Welt. Das Jahrhundertbauwerk entsteht.“ Published by AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd, Lucerne, December 2010. 268 pages, hardback, with numerous photographs and charts. Published by Stämpfli, Berne. ISBN 978-3-7272-1211-6. Available from bookshops, price CHF 59.90. The Italian edition will be published in spring 2011.