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February 5, 2015

France: Tunnel de Chalifert


Inside the Tunnel de Chalifert

Inside the Tunnel de Chalifert

Traveling on our barge Wanderlust, we get to see a few places that tourists rarely see. One of these is the Tunnel de Chalifert is very near Disneyland Paris.

Boats traveling the River Marne between Meaux and Lagny-sur-Marne take a short underground passage, the 300 m long Tunnel de Chalifert. When traveling on a river, a tunnel is unexpected; navigable rivers don’t usually just go under hills without human intervention. In this case the French engineers did intervene and the Canal de Chalifert, finished in 1846, was built to bypass a wide bend in the Marne. While most of the Marne’s water takes the long way around, boats navigate this manmade short cut. At the end of the bypass, to return boats to the river, two locks and a short tunnel, the Tunnel de Chalifert, were built.

Wanderlust achieves light speed in the Chalifert Tunnel.

Wanderlust achieves light speed in the Chalifert Tunnel.

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