Switzerland: the Best of the Best

Switzerland joined the railroad age relatively late, but, as in other countries such as Germany, the railroads quickly became a unifying force and a vital part of the nation’s prosperity. So much so that today Switzerland can lay claim to having one of the most efficient and well-used railroad networks in the world.

Surrounded by mountains and beset by cold temperatures and copious snowfall in the winter, Switzerland did not seem like fertile territory for the iron road. Moreover, it did not even become a unified nation until 1848, following a brief civil war between the Protestant and Catholic cantons (states). The new Switzerland adopted a federal state system, similar to that of the US, and the new government ...

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