Thursday, 2 June 2016

Switzerland: Gotthard Base Tunnel

The Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) (German: Gotthard-Basistunnel) is a railway base tunnel through the Alps in Switzerland, which opened on 1 June 2016 with full service to begin in December 2016. With a route length of 57.09 km (35.5 mi) and a total of 151.84 km (94.3 mi) of tunnels, shafts and passages, it is the world's longest and deepest traffic tunnel and the first flat, low-level route through the Alps. The project consists of two single-track tunnels connecting Erstfeld (Canton of Uri) with Bodio (Canton of Ticino) and passing below Sedrun (Canton Graubünden). This is a card from a set of two, it shows the starting point in Erstfeld with a matching stamp and a matching cancellation of the town.



Stamps:
left: Swiss Census - Issued: 20-11-1990
right: Opening of the Gotthard Railway Tunnel (from a set of three) - Issued: 12-05-2016


UPDATE 09-06-2016:

Today the second card of this series arrived. The card shows the endpoint of the Gotthard-Base-Tunnel in Bodio (Canton of Ticino).



Stamps:
left: The 700th Anniversary of the Confederation (from a set of four) - Issued: 22-02-1991
right: Opening of the Gotthard Railway Tunnel (from a set of three) - Issued: 12-05-2016

Many thanks again to Hansjürg for these great cards!

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