Tunnel Ejpovice

The Ejpovice tunnel (Czech: Ejpovický tunel) is a two-tube railway tunnel in the Czech Republic on the Prague–Pilsen railway line. It is located at Ejpovice and therefore bears its name. Since its commissioning in 2018, it has been the longest railway tunnel in the country.[1] It shortens the journey between the cities of Plzeň and Rokycany from 20 to 11 minutes. The tunnel is designed for 200 km / h, but the maximum speed is currently limited to 160 km / h. The tunnel will remain the longest in the country until the planned Ore Mountains Base Tunnel between the Czech Republic and Germany surpasses it.

Railway Tunnel Ejpovice
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Ejpovice railway tunnel
Overview
Official nameCzech: Ejpovický tunel
LinePraguePilsen
LocationEjpovice, Czech Republic
Coordinates49°45′48″N 13°28′17″E / 49.7633536°N 13.4713144°E / 49.7633536; 13.4713144Coordinates: 49°45′48″N 13°28′17″E / 49.7633536°N 13.4713144°E / 49.7633536; 13.4713144
CrossesChlum and Homolka hills near Ejpovice
Operation
OpenedNovember 15, 2018 (2018-11-15)
OwnerSpráva železnic
OperatorSpráva železnic
TrafficRailway
CharacterPassenger and freight
Technical
Length4.150 km (2.579 mi)
No. of tracks2 single-track tubes
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) (standard gauge)
Electrified25 kV AC
Operating speedMaximum speed: 200 km/h (120 mph)
Operational speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)

When building the two tubes, a tunnel boring machine from the manufacturer Herrenknecht was used, with which up to 182 meters were driven per week. The equivalent of 260 million euros was invested in the construction.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Till Janzer: Längster Eisenbahntunnel Tschechiens eröffnet, Meldung auf Radio Prag International vom 16. November 2018