SBB at 175 years: anniversary events and record attempt planned

Swiss railway company SBB is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2022, and will be kicking off a celebratory programme on Saturday that will run through October.

Activities are planned geographically, with the northern area of operations starting the celebrations this weekend in Basel with exhibitions and the free use of electric bicycles through Basel transport company BLT. Along with public transport operator BVB the BLT will organise a parade of historic trams to celebrate SBB’s anniversary.

In Basel, the general public will also be able to experience the handling of freight via tours at Gateway Basel Nord or see how maintenance work on trams is carried out.

Railway company Rhätische Bahn (Rhb) will mark the occasion of SBB’s 175th anniversary by attempting go hit the tracks with a 1,9-kilometre-long train. The event is tentatively scheduled for October 29 on and will make use of the iconic six-arched, 65-metre-high Landwasser Viaduct, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Albula Railway.

In addition to the various activities in the different regions, SBB will also be offering railway tickets at reduced tariffs during the weekends that celebrations are planned.

Finally, railway enthusiasts can also purchase dedicated anniversary merchandise such as T-shirts, bags, caps and, as one would expect, a limited-edition wristwatch by Mondaine.

The first railway in Switzerland was inaugurated on August 9, 1847. The 22,5-kilometre line between Zürich and Baden reduced travel time from 3 hours to 45 minutes. The line is still in use today.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Editor RailTech.com

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