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The Gotthard Mountain Route – Part 2

John Jesson


Thu 12 Oct 23


7:30pm - 9:30pm

About this event

For many years, John combined his interests of railways, photography and walking in the very attractive country of Switzerland. His interest focussed on the Gotthard mountain route, but extended to trying to record the entire route from Basel in the north to Chiasso in the south.

This is the second part of this journey across Switzerland from north to south via the Gotthard.

The first part brought us from the border at Basel to Erstfeld, where the route starts the North Ramp ascent to the summit tunnel at Göschenen. There are so many photo opportunities and viewpoints that this section is split into two. This episode takes us from Erstfeld as far as Gurtnellen.

The focus is very much on the railway, rather than the scenery, and to a large extent is more about freight traffic than passenger trains, although these do get a look-in. As the photographs were taken over a period of something like 40 years, they also reflect changes in the nature of both freight and passenger trains over time.

This is a hybrid lecture in person at Keen House and on Zoom – registration for Zoom opens in mid September.

Non MRC members are welcome with a suggested donation of £3 either in person or on our virtual coffee page

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We are open on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at our Keen House clubrooms. Visitors are welcome, please come along and introduce yourself.


Keen House, 4 Calshot Street, London, N1 9DA

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