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You still get phone reception inside the tunnel now, with mobile data too.

Anything up to back-pack sized will fit on the overhead racks above your seat.

The train manager makes his announcement that your Eurostar train to Paris is about to leave, the door alarm sounds and the doors then hiss shut.

They were refurbished with an interior by designer Philippe Starck in 2004-2005.

Most of these classic trains will be withdrawn by the end of 2018, but 8 will be refurbished to become e300 trains.

But the Eurostar soon bursts into the daylight again at up to 100 mph, and you're now in France.

You'll see the French terminal for the car-carrying trains away to your left.The Eurostar now plunges back into a short tunnel for its own crossing underneath the Thames, emerging the other side in the county of Kent.Some Eurostar trains now call at Ebbsfleet station in north Kent, near the M25 motorway.As you settle into your seat, the brakes hiss off and the Eurostar very gently eases itself out of the magnificent arched trainshed of St Pancras International Station.At this stage, the train is heading north, but almost immediately it makes a sharp right-hand turn past the huge steel gasometers that have been a familiar sight behind Kings Cross/St Pancras for years and which are now, believe it or not, listed structures.It is better to travel well than to arrive, at least, that’s how the saying goes.

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