Genf 1858 Geneva Train Station Historical Places Individual Stamp Mint NH

Genf 1858 Geneva Train Station Historical Places Individual Stamp Mint NH

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Guinea Genf 1858 Geneva Train Station Historical Places Individual Stamp Mint NH

Genève (preliminary also known as French: Gare de Genève-Cornavin) is Geneva's main railway station, located in the centre of the city. The immediate area surrounding it is known as Cornavin; both names can be used interchangeably.

The station has over 230 train arrivals and departures every day, 4 ticket counters and 6 ticket machines. The number of ticket counters and ticket machines has changed after renovations in 2011, as well as a customs office for international trains to France and beyond. There are only 8 platforms, which makes it relatively small compared, for example, to Zurich railway station' 26 platforms.

Platforms 7 and 8 have French and Swiss border controls. Long distance and regional express trains leave for France without making any stops in Switzerland. Another reason to separate the tracks is the different electrical standards of the relevant railway system on either side. The French system uses 25 kV at 50 Hz AC, but the Swiss system uses 15 kV AC at 16.7 Hz.

The station connects to one Swiss main line, known as the Jura foot railway line (Olten - Genève-Aéroport), which links the city with the rest of Switzerland, to the east. Many long-distance trains from this line continue to and terminate at Geneva Airport railway station, 6 min away. There is also significant traffic to France westwards along the Lyon-Geneva line, which, for the first few kilometres, runs as a single track line alongside the double-track line to the airport. Traffic to France includes long-distance TGVs to Paris and Southern France and regional trains to Lyon via Bellegarde. Cornavin is also the hub of a growing RER network, with two routes in service, Bellegarde/La Plaine to Cornavin and Coppet to Lancy - Pont-Rouge. The CEVA plans to connect the spur leading to Lancy - Pont-Rouge to the Eaux-Vives statin, thus creating a line from Cornavin to Annemasse.

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