1941 – The Monte Generoso Railway is saved

Monte Generoso is the highest mountain in the Mendrisotto Region. A rack railway has wound its way up to the 1704m summit since 1890. During the war years, what had once been a tourist attraction was facing closure. The owner wanted to dismantle the railway and sell the tracks as scrap iron. But Duttweiler insisted that this unique vantage point should be preserved. He was confident that it would be possible to tempt tourists back to Monte Genoroso: “If we sold chops as big as toilet seats there, all Switzerland would come running.” Without further ado he bought the railway – despite the opposition of the Migros Board in Zurich. A cooperative thus became a rail operator; today the Ferrovia Monte Generoso is a public limited company supported by the Migros Culture Percentage.


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