Redeveloping the Schlüchtern Tunnel

The New Schlüchtern Tunnel is nearly 4 k m long and possesses 9 m internal diameter. It was driven using a tunnel boring machine (TBM) at a distance of 50 to 90 m from the existing tunnel [1-4]. As of April 26, 2011 rail traffic (averaging 260 trains per day) began using the route between Fulda and Frankfurt on Main for the next 3 years passing through the New Schlüchtern Tunnel. During this period the twin-track Old Schlüchtern Tunnel (1914) will be modified and upgraded for single-track rail traffic. Then the New Schlüchtern Tunnel will be scaled down to a single track so that in its final...

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