Gotthard Railway, The
From Basel, in the north of Switzerland, to Chiasso on the Italian border, our cameras capture the multitude of rail traffic that uses this Trans-Alpine route daily. The sheer variety of rail traffic is unrivalled, from freight trains with two or three locomotives to Trans European trains, all twisting and spiraling their way over this high pass.
From Luzern the railway climbs 2,350 feet in 55 miles to Goschenen where the trains enter the 9.5 mile long Gotthard Tunnel. Emerging from the southern portal of the tunnel, the trains continue their relentless journey to the south through the Ticino region with stops at Bellinzona and Lugano before reaching the Italian border. For one hour we study this fascinating railway which challenged the minds of its builders and explore the mighty Alpine Barrier.