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Exclusive online-only article – Switzerland’s deep heritage in rail

5 August 2014  •  Author: Michaela Stöckli, SWISSRAIL Industry Association

Switzerland is undoubtedly the world’s number one railway country! What started in 1874 with the so-called ‘Spanisch-Brötli-Bahn’ from Baden to Zurich finds its current climax in the Gotthard Base Tunnel that will be opened on time in 2016. At 57km-long, this tunnel will be the longest railway tunnel in the world – and this in the heart of the small country of Switzerland that has already excelled in the past, not just with size but with innovative strength, explains Michaela Stöckli, Director of the SWISSRAIL Industry Association.

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