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Train stop btw Neuchatel and Milan?

We have a Swiss and Italian flexi rail pass. Is there an interesting place to stop between Neuchatel and Milan? We have to be in Milan by around 2 pm on a Tuesday in June. So, we could take a full day and stay in Milan for the night, or could stay in a town in between or near border if we can find something reasonable for an adult and 2 kids. Would rather not arrive until around 2 as I would rather not spend time in Milan. We will have our backpacks. Do train stations have bag storage? We prefer smaller towns, and are equipped to hike. I know there are SO many options, it is a bit overwhelming. Have already seen Montreux area. Thanks!!

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If you use the train departure that I identified on your reservation question, then you don't arrive to Milan until 15:30.

Neuchâtel Th, 09.06.16 dep 09:27, track 4, IC 515, Intercity Neigezug, Direction: Zürich HB

Reservation optional , business-compartment , Bordrestaurant , handy/quiet zones , parent-and-children compartment

Zürich HB Th, 09.06.16 arr 10:56 14

Transfer time 36 min.

Zürich HB Th, 09.06.16 dep 11:32, track 9, EC 17 Eurocity, Direction: Milano Centrale

Subject to compulsory reservation (Chiasso --> Milano Centrale), Bordrestaurant

Milano Centrale Th, 09.06.16 arr 15:35

Duration: 6:08; runs daily