Rail route of the month: Basel to Locarno, the slow Swiss Alps classic

At just over 35 miles, the Gotthard base tunnel is the world’s longest railway tunnel. When it opened in 2016, there was speculation as to the fate of the old Gotthard railway through the Swiss Alps. It’s a steeply graded, sinuous line; it skirts Lake Lucerne and then cuts under the St Gotthard …

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