The 57.1 kilometres long Gotthard Base Tunnel is the world’s longest railway tunnel and will be officially opened on 1st June 2016. It is the cornerstone of the European Rhine-Alpine Corridor for freight transport and is part of Switzerland’s “New Rail Link through the Alps” (NRLA). The tunnel construction began in 1996 and 28'200'000 tonnes of rock were excavated during the construction process. It consists of two single-track tunnels connecting northern Switzerland (Erstfeld) with southern Switzerland (Bodio).
The new railway tunnel is the third tunnel that run under the Gotthard Massif, the two other being the old 15 kilometres long Gotthard railway Tunnel from Göschenen to Airolo (since 1882) and the 16.9 kilometres long Gotthard road Tunnel (opened 1980).
Stamp booklets "Gottardo 2016", which can be found on the market, are privat made by a Swiss dealer.
The two Swiss stamps with a gutter document a strengthened sense of togetherness. For the production of the “Gottardo 2016”, special stamps, finely powdered stone was extracted from the Gotthard tunnel excavations and affixed to the stamps. The two stamps, designed by Vaudeville Studios, are existing as stationery cards as well.
The stamps show a SBB Re 484 Cargo Locomotive and a SBB Re 460 Locomotive.