Following on the heels of the rescue of 33 miners in Peru on Friday, word has reached the world that more than 2500 Swiss workers were finally allowed to come out of the darkened tunnels below the Swiss Alps, where they had been toiling for over 14 years building the world's longest railway tunnel.
Many people were not aware of the danger these railway tunnel workers were in as they had not been heard from for years. Silently toiling away with pick axes and hammers, sometimes using their bare hands to claw the rock and sand far underground, the men and their families suffered endless inconveniences so that eventually Switzerland could boast the longest underground railroad in the world.
Not until the Peru miners' plight became headline news and all 33 men were safely above ground would the selfless Swiss miners allow their story to be told. The unofficial spokesperson for the two thousand plus workers, Sven Jorgenstern said only "ve did vat ve had tu due tu make der lives of der commuters more pleasant."
The railway miners are all now returned home feasting on a celebratory meal of herring and knoodles and happy that all of their families survived intact this most harrowing 14-year ordeal. After a week's rest, all 2500 workers have agreed to go back down into the ground to begin working on the second longest underground railway beneath an even longer stretch of the Alps, and many will take a second generation of brave railway workers with them. They say it is a labor of love, a dangerous labor of love.