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"With the Gotthard Base Tunnel, Switzerland has made a CHF 12 billion investment towards the future of European rail transport. The transport capacity along the main North-South route will be doubled to 40 million tons. Freight volumes can be shifted from the road to the rail network to better protect the fragile Alpine environment. Travel time between Zurich and Milan will be cut by an hour, bringing those two regional economic clusters closer together. By making new connections, tunnels drive economic activity."

Marcel Bigger, Secretary General of the Swiss LSE Alumni Association

  "As the first flat trajectory through the Alps, the world's longest rail tunnel with 57 km will transport both people and goods. The 290 km of tracks and the safety, automation and control systems will have to daily accommodate 50 to 80 passenger trains reaching maximum speeds of 250 km/h and 220 to 260 freight train compositions traveling at much lower speeds of around 160 km/h. Installing the railway infrastructure in the limited space of the tunnels is as much an engineering and logistical challenge as the tunneling work itself."

Bublu Thakur-Weigold, Event Coordinator of the MIT Club of Switzerland

  "Rail service through the Gotthard Base Tunnel is only made possible by railway technology consisting of rails, switch points, overhead contact wires, electricity supplies, radio communication, telephone connections as well as signaling technology for trains traveling through the tunnel at speeds of up to 250 km/h. The initial start-up is a very complex undertaking. Before train service can begin, all installations must be checked, test runs completed and staff trained. Thanks to modern equipment, tunnel operation is highly automated. Staff of the Operation Control Center in Pollegio will supervise and control the entire rail service from Arth-Goldau to Italy."

Dr. Nicole Frick, Managing Director of the ETH Alumni Association

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Our Itinerary (for either of the two dates) Sold Out
Riding into the Sonderbund

08:30 - 09:30  Sub-groups by trains from Zurich, Berne and other cities to Lucerne


Cruising on Lake Lucerne

09:40 - 09:50  Assemble at Pier 1, Lucerne

10:12 - 12:55  3-course lunch on the ship from Lucerne to Flüelen

13:00 - 13:25  Private Bus from Flüelen to Erstfeld, onwards to Amsteg


Tunneling through the Alps

13:30 - 16:30
Wearing protective helmets, jackets and boots, board one of our minibuses which will transport you through the access adit at Amsteg into the Gotthard Base Tunnel. On a guided walk, experience the tunnel from the inside. Along the way, the guides will explain (in German) how the tunnel was constructed.

17:00 -  Private Bus from Amsteg back to Lucerne, then depart by train to your home destination



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