Gotthard Pass 15 April 2016—Two Years Ago Today.

On this day two years ago, my friends and I were exploring SBB’s magnificent crossing of Switzerland’s Gotthard Pass.

This was just a few months before the official opening of the new long base tunnel, which diverted most of the through traffic away from the traditional crossing.

Today, an hourly regional passenger service is the primary way to travel of the old line.

An SBB mixed freight ascends the old Gottard line at Gurtnellen. Behind me within the confines of the mountain is one of several spiral tunnels on the line.
An SBB ICN tilting train crosses the Intschireuss Bridge on the Gotthard Pass.

I made these views using my FujiFilm X-T1.

The Gotthard route is one of many scenic journeys profiled in my new book on European railways published by Kalmbach Publishing this Spring.

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One comment on “Gotthard Pass 15 April 2016—Two Years Ago Today.

  1. John O'Connor on said:

    Just received my copy of Friday and really enjoying it. Good overall coverage across Europe.

    Only minor bit is the chapter on his Hungary is a bit short. Have just returned from a week in Budapest which included a day trip to Esztergom on their recently electrified and upgraded line.

    Also visited their 3 rail oriented museums, which while interesting were sadly lacking English guides.

    The Hungarian railway is quite contrasting with many relics of the communist era.

    Would love to see a good book documenting it all.