"The secret lies in the development of tools of quality management, for which Swiss are distinctive. More concretely, we can say that the maintenance of the infrastructure plays a crucial role," she says.
"The timetable system is so structured that at least every hour there is a train departing from each destination to another to guarantee the service of train, bus, and boat connection thought Switzerland. The connection with bus and boats are studied to depart/arrive always on the same time and exactly to be used from people arriving from another destination by train. The same is valid also vice versa and for all trains connections in Switzerland."
Additionally, she told me, Swiss Railways and private lines have a route control system so that if there is an accident or a technical problem, they are able to let the next train pass through first.
While it's unlikely that a hurricane the strength of Frankenstorm will hit Switzerland, a monster snowstorm this winter is almost a guarantee. But the Swiss have it covered: All exchanges are heated to prevent them from freezing and all railways have mechanical means for the removal of snow. The one downside to this technological brilliance: The hallowed American "Snow Day" excuse won't fly here.