The Swiss have a long and formidable history of tunneling. Two examples: the railway to the Jungfraujoch (opened in 1912) tunnels its way through the North face of the Eiger. The 21-mile Lötschberg Base Tunnel between Bern and Visp (opened in 2007) is the longest land tunnel in the world and replaces a slower underground rail line.
By comparison, the Sunegga underground funicular railway in Zermatt is a minor achievement, although at the time it opened in 1980 it was a genuine innovation in tourist transport systems to install an entire funicular railway underground.
In recent years it was beginning to look drab and out-dated, and it has now undergone a complete re-fit in the last year. It is now much smarter, quieter and has a higher capacity. The Funicular can now carry 2750 skiers an hour up to the Sunegga, Blauherd and Rothorn ski area.
It was the graphics that grabbed my attention on the sidewalls of the station tunnel as you see here. Photographing the train itself, crowded with skiers while grasping my own skis and poles, was a little beyond me.