SWISS Federal Railways’ sesquicentenary celebrations this summer were marred by a series of unhappy events ranging from the suicide of Personnel Director Jean-Pierre Kalin on July 29 to a clutch of failures by the high-profile Cisalpino tilting trains. Arguments over who should take responsibility for the Cisalpino problems spawned much adverse media comment and have not helped SBB in its attempts to mobilise public support at a time when it is embattled with politicians over its future status.

Widespread civil engineering work for the Bahn 2000 programme and reconstruction of sections of the Bern-L