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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 11 (March 1, 1929)

European Railway Progress

European Railway Progress.

All over Europe new railway links are now being built to improve long-distance transport (writes our special London Correspondent). Of all recent works of this character probably the most interesting is the new route opened between Nice, on the Mediterranean Sea, and Coni, in Peidmont, Italy. This additional link in the European railway chain gives easy access from the Riviera sea-coasts to the Alps, and connects, via the cities of Turin and Milan, with the Simplon and St. Gothard routes.

The Nice-Coni railway has been built jointly by the French and Italian Governments. It is some 63 miles long, and an exceptionally large number of engineering difficulties were met with. In the Alps Maritimes, for example, forty-five tunnels have been called for, and everywhere the scenery passed through is of rare grandeur. At Breil, where the customs formalities associated with the crossing of the frontier are carried out, a commodious international passenger station has been erected, and admirably equipped depots have also been provided at other cities en route. The Breil station actually accommodates no fewer than fifteen passenger trains simultaneously.