Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jura Simplon Bahn compartment car, Switzerland, circa 1900

The interesting thing about this 3-axle compartment car is the division into 2nd and 3rd class compartments, rather than the usual 1st and 2nd class.  This one-time Swiss rail company was formed in 1890 and absorbed into the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB/CFF/FSS) in 1903.  One of the major projects commenced before it was nationalised was the building of the Simplon tunnel between Switzerland and Italy.

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