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125 Years Schynige Platte Railway and Wengernalp Railway - Postcard

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Technical details
  • 22.02.2018
  • Fabienne Bertschinger, Niederweningen
  • Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Offset
  • 4 Colours
  • Stamps: 33×28 mm, Sheetlet: 192×95 mm
About 125 Years Schynige Platte Railway and Wengernalp Railway

In 1893, two cogwheel railways in the Bernese Oberland made their maiden voyages: the Schynige Platte Railway and Wengernalp Railway. The sheetlets with both special stamps symbolizes a travel diary from the past. The Wengernalp Railway leads along the Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass from Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen, giving an almost tangible mountain panorama of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. In winter, it’s the lifeblood of the Jungfrau ski region between Grindelwald and Wengen. The Schynige Platte Railway starts in Wilderswil and climbs up to a viewing platform called Schynige Platte – Top of Swiss Tradition, which lies at 1,967 metres above sea level. Although the two railways are based on the same cogwheel system, they are com- pletely different. The Schynige Platte Railway still runs every day with nostalgic locomotives and coaches. Even the tickets are designed to re ect tradition. The Wengernalp Railway, meanwhile, has an ultra-modern look, with its traction vehicles offering passengers a panoramic view as it brings them to the Jungfrau – Top of Eu- rope. The special stamps are available in two sheetlets which together resemble a travel diary: lying side by side, they appear to be bound by rings. The background is a pano- rama of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. On the stamps themselves, both railways are depicted in a realistic fashion.