Thursday, May 16, 2013

Rhaetian Railway - SWITZERLAND - UNESCO #1276

My first trans-border UNESCO site postcard was sent by Oscar from Switzerland, showing the Bernina Express. The Rhaetian Railways (in the Albula/Bernina landscapes) is inscribed in the UNESCO list under Italy and Switzerland because this train joins the two countries in a trip I imagine should be unique - in 2010 I traveled by car on those narrow roads with impossible turns in the Alps and it was simply unforgettable (specially the Stelvio pass - what a ride!). With this one I now have 15 sites, only 947 remaining...   This postcard took 4 days to arrive!

UNESCO #1276 - Rhaetian Railway  - ITALY - SWITZERLAND
Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes, brings together two historic railway lines that cross the Swiss Alps through two passes. Opened in 1904, the Albula line in the north western part of the property is 67 km long. It features an impressive set of structures including 42 tunnels and covered galleries and 144 viaducts and bridges. The 61 km Bernina pass line features 13 tunnels and galleries and 52 viaducts and bridges. The property is exemplary of the use of the railway to overcome the isolation of settlements in the Central Alps early in the 20th century, with a major and lasting socio-economic impact on life in the mountains. It constitutes an outstanding technical, architectural and environmental ensemble and embodies architectural and civil engineering achievements, in harmony with the landscapes through which they pass.

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