The construction of the Gotthard railway – the southern access route to the Gotthard tunnel

The construction of the Gotthard railway – the southern access route to the Gotthard tunnel

Those who are allowed to make drawings for the Gotthard line here in the open air in 1875 should themselves lucky! The tunnel workers toiled in the often far too stuffy pits in the north and south. The construction company Favre allows this and numerous other Read more

In the land of pyramids and mosques. The Swiss civil engineer Charles Andreae in Egypt

In the land of pyramids and mosques. The Swiss civil engineer Charles Andreae in Egypt

After the Kingdom of Egypt had formally achieved independence in 1922, the Egyptian government tried to suppress British influence in the country. In 1928, as part of these efforts, in 1928 the government requested the Swiss Federal Council to send an ETH professor Read more

How much Switzerland is there in San Francisco? – structural engineer O. H. Ammann and the Golden Gate Bridge

How much Switzerland is there in San Francisco? – structural engineer O. H. Ammann and the Golden Gate Bridge

It is a well known story that Swiss-born Johann August Sutter founded a colony by the name of New Helvetia in California in the mid-19th century. It is less well known that another Swiss citizen was essential to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco’s famous landmark that celebrated its 75th birthday in 2012.

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The Rhine ports of Basel around 1920

The Rhine ports of Basel around 1920

Approximately 10 per cent of Switzerland’s total volume of foreign trade is currently transacted through the three Rhine ports in the city and region of Basel. Around 30 to 40 percent of mineral oil reaches Switzerland via the Rhine ports (Wikipedia, 2011). The maps, Read more

Lifting off like a pelican? The  SB-2 Pelikan aircraft and its rusty start

Lifting off like a pelican? The SB-2 Pelikan aircraft and its rusty start

During the Second World War, the Swiss government actively included ETH Zurich in its plans to promote an autonomous national aviation industry in Switzerland. The Federal Office of Aviation (now the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA)) commissioned Professor Eduard Read more