Sunday, September 18, 2016

Switzerland 2016 - Swiss Railway Stations

ISSUE DATE: 8 September 2016
STAMP SIZE: 33 x 28 mm
 STAMP DESIGN: Marc Weller

This station, built in 1908, lies between the Simplon Tunnel and the Lötschberg-Scheitel Tunnel on the international transit routes Geneva-Lausanne-Milan  and Basel-Berne-Milan. Brig is an important border station and transfer point (e.g., to the Matterhorn Gotthard railway), even though the commissioning of the Lötschberg Base Tunnel in 2007 shifted part of the traffic to Visp. The station building is a protected historical monument and a familiar landmark in Brig, and was extensively restored between 2006 and 2009.

Open since 1991, this modern terminal station, whose lobby faces Lake Lucerne, was built in place of the historical station building that burned down in 1971. The complex comprises various new buildings which frame the surviving historical railway platform building from 1896. Lucerne Railway Station is an important traffic hub in Switzerland. As part of the new construction, historical elements such as the mural by Maurice Barraud on the western facade were considered and integrated.

This prominently positioned railway station was built in 1876 as part of what were then the Ticinese valley railways, and expanded around the turn of the century to include a service building.  The station will be carefully and extensively renovated in 2016 in conjunction with the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. The project that won the architectural competition envisions a southern extension incorporating elements of the historical service building and, at the same time, making the station more customer-friendly.

Today’s imposing station was built to replace a 19th-century building that burned down. The present building bears the stamp of Julien Flegenheimer, the architect who designed the UN headquarters in Geneva. The station is a significant stopping point for traffic between Switzerland and France, especially for the Berne-Lausanne-Lyon and Milan-Simplon-Lausanne-Lyon routes. Both an overall renovation and the interior restructuring of the historical building were concluded in September 2014.


Stamp images and description thanks to Swiss Post