The Magnificent Double Helix at Biaschina, Switzerland; 16 April 2016

Does the mist and rain add a sense of mystique to one of the great railway wonders of the world?

At Biaschina, SBB’s route on the south slope of the Gottard Pass navigates a complete double spiral (or double helix).

The line passes through several tunnels and appears the viewer on three distinct levels, each hundreds of feet above each other.

I made these images from the Ticino riverbed using my Lumix LX7 on Saturday 16 April 2016.

Denis McCabe, Gerry Conmy, Stephen Hirsch and I were visiting the line to make photographs before the new base tunnel diverts traffic at the end of the year.

A southward passenger train on the top level of Biaschina loops.
A southward passenger train on the top level of Biaschina loops.
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A few minutes later the same train appears on the middle level. Lumix LX7 photo.
Finally, with little warning, the train emerges from the tunnel on the lowest level of the Double Helix. Lumix LX7 photo.
Finally, with little warning, the train emerges from the tunnel on the lowest level of the Double Helix. Lumix LX7 photo.

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7 thoughts on “The Magnificent Double Helix at Biaschina, Switzerland; 16 April 2016”

  1. To my eyes the motorway above the top level is a great design that complements the railroad. The concrete supports for the roadway at the middle level are the eyesore although they sort of echo the arches.

  2. As a double helix, I dare say the location could also be called the “DNA Tunnels”. Scope for a biotech company to seek naming rights?

  3. Best sequence I’ve seen at this location, despite the weather. Presumably the red and blue anoraks are persons known to us! Pity about the motorway – one for Photoshop?

    1. To my eyes the highway bridge above the top level is actually a nice design that complements the photos. The concrete roadway at the middle level is the distraction and eyesore.

    2. To my eyes the highway bridge above the top level is actually a nice design that complements the photos. The concrete roadway at the middle level is the distraction and eyesore.

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