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Marc Weller, Berne

The journey continues

The second series of definitive stamps under the heading "Swiss railway stations" covers requirements for midi letters (A and B Mail), large letters (B Mail), and standard letters sent to addresses in Europe.

The legacy of railway history since the first half of the 19th century includes a huge number of constructions – ranging from bridges and tunnels, power generation plants and workshops to station buildings. Many of the latter are urban landmarks serving as transport interfaces.

Appenzell

This time the journey begins in tranquil Appenzell (CHF 1.10). The station was built in 1886 and renovated in 1938. The building's historicist architecture blends in perfectly with the style of the village.

Zug

In contrast, the CHF 1.30 stamp shows Zug's station at the junction of the Zurich-Lucerne and Zurich-Gotthard lines. With its multi-level glass structure, what is very probably Switzerland's most modern station building is the result of an architectural competition.

Interlaken Ost

The CHF 1.40 stamp depicts Interlaken Ost, a station served by several rail companies operating both one-metre gauge and standard-gauge trains. The elongated building in the so-called Heimatschutz style, which was designed to reflect local architecture, was built between 1919 and 1921.

Scuol-Tarasp

The final leg takes us to Scuol-Tarasp (CHF 1.80). Renovated in 2009, the station forms the terminus of the one-meter gauge Bever-Scuol-Tarasp line opened in 1913. This building, too, reflects the indigenous architecture and incorporates a number of characteristic local elements.

Jürg Freudiger