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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.
To the right of the train as it crosses the viaduct, you'll see small boats moored on the muddy riverbanks far below you.As a precaution, the yellow fire safety doors between each pair of coaches are closed during the tunnel transit, but you can still pass through freely if you want.You still get phone reception inside the tunnel now, with mobile data too.Passing through the Channel Tunnel takes just 20 minutes, and is something of an anti-climax.The Channel Tunnel (sometimes called the 'Chunnel', but usually only by Americans) is just like any other rail tunnel, only a bit longer.Large racks near the entrance doors easily take large items.
Anything up to back-pack sized will fit on the overhead racks above your seat.
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About 5 minutes after leaving St Pancras, you'll see a glimpse of daylight and the platforms of Stratford International station, only served by the domestic high-speed trains.
Around 8 minutes after leaving St Pancras, the Eurostar train emerges from the tunnel and starts crossing the wastelands of east London, past warehouses and run-down housing estates.
Just 10-12 minutes from St Pancras you'll see the impressive Queen Elizabeth II suspension bridge on the right, which carries the M25 London orbital motorway across the River Thames at the Dartford Crossing.