Photographer's Note

A view of the train station at Modane near the Italian border.

Modane (Italian: Modana) is a commune in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France.

We boarded this train in Chambéry heading to Milan where we made a connection to our final destination, Venice.

This train travels through some beautiful country as you can glimpse here. Mont Blanc is 70 kilometers NNE "as the crow flies".

After departing Modane we entered the The Fréjus Rail Tunnel (also called Mont Cenis Tunnel) which is a rail tunnel of 13.7 km (8.5 mi) in length.

Drilling started in August 1857 from Bardonecchia and in December 1857 from Modane.

On 26 December 1870, French and Italian workers shook hands as both teams met halfway: the galleries were aligned to about 40 cm horizontally and 60 cm vertically.

The tunnel opened for traffic on 17 September 1871, thus making it the oldest of the large tunnels through the Alps.

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