Thursday, 29 January 2015

The most amazing mountain views, from the last steam cog railway in Switzerland.

Sunday and the weather is fabulous, we are on the bikes and cycling once again to Brienz. This time we are going to travel on Switzerlands last steam-driven rack railway.
All aboard!

At the base station, the climb up to the summit at 7363feet takes one hour of hard chugging and replenishing of the cooling water half way. To do a return trip on the 25% gradient, which includes ten tunnels, the locomotive will require 350 kg of high grade coal and 2,000 litres
of water, all at 9 kms an hour.

As you climb you have wonderful views of the Brienzersee.

Ever higher you start to leave the trees behind.

Chugging to the top.

The station at the summit.

Looking towards the Grimsal and Furka passes and our onward journey tomorrow.

Looking north towards Alpnach where we were yesterday and it is still shrouded with cloud.

This really is breath taking, as you turn from this view to what is behind you, just amazing!

The high Alps in their  full glory, although the weather up here is changing by the minute.

We can see Jungfraujoch the Eiger and many more of the big peaks.

What looks like black and white is taken in full colour.

Taken through a large telephoto lens, the ferry boat heads back to Interlaken from Brienz.

The shadows are extending and it is time for us to get our return train.

Just fabulous in the late afternoon sun.

We leave our railway station in the sky.

Higher tomorrow and this time it is in the camping car!

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