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In the Alps, the revolutionary mountain railway crossing Mont Cenis Pass has its first trial run.

The Matterhorn, circa 1899, photograph
08/21/1867

The Mont Cenis Pass Railway was to link the rail traffic across the Alps between France and Italy while the Fréjus Rail Tunnel was being built.  A British development led by John Barraclough Fell, whose innovative three rail design revolutionized mountain railway design, the railway was tested on a brilliant summer morning in the mountains.  The test was successful as the test run made the forty-eight miles from St Michel in France to Susa in Italy without a delay.  The railway would open for business the following year but would cease operation in 1871 when the tunnel made the rail connection across the Alps permanent.  (By John Osborne) 

Source Citation: 

"Chronicle of Remarkable Occurences in 1867", The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1867 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1868), 124-125.

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