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Offline Kushi

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Detroit - Windsor Tunnel Tokens
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:03:30 PM »
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On December 31, 2012, the Detroit Windsor Tunnel will cease selling tokens. Tokens can be redeemed until December 31, 2013." The tokens pay for the passage of a non-commercial private vehicle from Canada to USA or vice versa.

Opened November 1, 1930, "the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is the only existing sub aqueous international vehicular border crossing?"

http://www.dwtunnel.com/Default.aspx

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Re: Detroit - Windsor Tunnel Tokens
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2012, 10:35:48 PM »
On that link I found the Tunnel Facts and History section very interesting.

No images of the tokens though.
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Re: Detroit - Windsor Tunnel Tokens
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2012, 09:12:08 AM »
‎"Token Sales
On December 31, 2012, the Detroit Windsor Tunnel will cease selling tokens. Tokens can be redeemed until December 31, 2013." The tokens pay for the passage of a non-commercial private vehicle from Canada to USA or vice versa.

Are they making it toll-free or introducing an electronic payment system?

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Opened November 1, 1930, "the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is the only existing sub aqueous international vehicular border crossing?"

It depends on how pedantic you want to be but there are two possible other contenders that immediately spring to mind, though one is very weak.

The stronger contender: The link between Denmark and Sweden (Öresundsförbindelsen) is part tunnel and part bridge. OK, the actual line marking the border happens to be on the bridge section but I would argue that the entire structure from when you pass the last highway exit on the Danish side to when you reach the first entry ramp on the Swedish side constitutes the 'border crossing', since once you've passed that point you've no choice but to carry on till you get to the other side.

The weaker contender is the Channel Tunnel between the UK and France. As far as normal users are concerned it is a rail tunnel only, but it is physically possible to drive from one end to the other in a standard vehicle using the service tunnel, which is what Queen Elizabeth and Président Mitterrand did when they opened it.

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Re: Detroit - Windsor Tunnel Tokens
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2012, 10:24:01 AM »
Are we talking about this token here?



The page says its an old Windsor Tunnel token.

Source: http://www.detroityes.com

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Re: Detroit - Windsor Tunnel Tokens
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2012, 10:49:58 AM »
Over the years ten different tokens have been used in the Detroit - Windsor Tunnel including a beautiful 50th anniversary piece in 1980. Here is a photo of one of the two tokens in current use. The postcard photo is from 1937.

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Re: Detroit - Windsor Tunnel Tokens
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2012, 10:53:41 AM »
The two different 16 millimeter tokens in Mackie's post above (Reply #3) are believed to be obsolete, not in current use.