Albula Line Model in Ortsmuseum - Bergün, GR, Switzerland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
N 46° 37.677 E 009° 44.816
32T E 557178 N 5164091
Quick Description: An accurate H0 model of the railway line from Bergün to Preda is the highlight of the local museum in Bergün.
Date Posted: 4/2/2011 7:11:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMB3ZR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member IDIFers
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Long Description:
The Albula railway line in Grisons, Switzerland was built in 1903. Together with the Bernina line it became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2008.

"Especially problematical was the ascent of the valley between Bergün/Bravuogn and Preda, where, in a distance of 5 km as the crow flies, a difference in altitude of over 400 m needed to be overcome. To stay within the maximum gradient parameters, the project supervisor, Friedrich Hennings, devised an intricate alignment, which lengthened the line's formation by 12 km. Two curved tunnels, three spiral tunnels, and a number of bridges overcame the engineering problem, by winding the track around like the thread of a screw. (from Wikipedia)"

The local museum of Bergün shows an exact copy of the part from Bergün to Preda (well, 2 additional curves to fold the line into the building) that uses the complete 4th floor of the museum. Is has been built and maintained by a group of about 350 railway enthusiasts from all over Europe.

Of course, the museum has a lot of other exhibits from local history on three floors.

The museum is open:
Tue, Sun: 14.00 - 17.30
Wed: 14.00 - 17.30 / 19.00 - 21.00

The model railway can be seen in action on Wed 19.30 - 21.00and Thu 16.00 - 17.30.
Scale: HO scale-1:87

What is the herald of the layout? (Is there a featured railroad line(s) for the layout):
RhB Albula line

What is the theme of the layout?:
exact copy of the original line.

What is the era of the layout? (What time period does the layout depict?):
1903 until present

Is there an admission fee? If so how much..:
CHF 4.50 adults /CHF 2 children. free with the local tourist card

Is this location handicap accessible?: No

What type of location is this layout found in? ( Museum, Club, Hobby Shop, Business, Manufacturer,..:

Layout Website: [Web Link]

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