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Eighteen years ago Britain became less of an island when just hopping on a train in London sped you to the heart of Paris, Lille or Brussels in just over two hours.

130 million passengers later Eurostar is 18, and celebrating the birthday along with St Pancras station, five years since the continental gateway moved here from Waterloo, and Britain got its first high-speed train.

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