Layout: Marc Weller, Berne
July 2016 saw the launch of a new series of definitive stamps featuring “Swiss railway stations”. The series kicked off with stations in Brig, Lucerne, Bellinzona and Geneva. Now in October these are being followed by the “Basel SBB” stamp (with a value of CHF 5.30). Ten more stamps featuring small and medium-sized stations run by various railway companies will be added over the next two years. In turning the spotlight on this vital area of Swiss public transport, the series pays homage to the densest railway network in the world.
This magnificent station building, completed in 1907, replaced an earlier one built for what was then the Swiss Central Railway network. Basel SBB station is the largest frontier railway station in Europe, serving as a stop and transfer point for railway traffic from Switzerland to France and Germany. Owing to its importance, the station has been rebuilt and modernized several times. Renovation of its west wing will see this modernization completed in the next few years.
14 and 15 October 2016 mark the official opening of the expanded railway station in Bellinzona following its refurbishment, A special post office will be open on Saturday 15 October 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Philanews 10/16 (in German) for further information.