Pictures of the inside of railway tunnels are never very stimulating, but this one shows what is (oddly) called a multifunction station.
But what about that opening ceremony? Frankie, Angie and Johnnie were all there ...
The dancing floor-mops were, erm, "different"(?)
But the engineering of the tunnel is outstanding. Even the press in Germany, a nation oft-famed for its efficiency, was effusive in its praise for the achievement.
“Switzerland leaves Germany looking old,” was the headline in Die Welt in Germany. By finishing the Gotthard Tunnel on time, “a small country has shown how to achieve something great”, alluding to the never-ending construction of Berlin’s new airport.
Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung was also self-critical. “Little Switzerland has once again put the rest of Europe to shame with its professionalism.” The country had proved “there is no law of nature according to which costs for large construction projects must multiply”.
Sigh. This means another entry on the ever expanding fbb list of things to do before the grim reaper does his inevitable stuff.
Tomorrow, we are back in fbb's back yard, metaphorically and literally.