Albula Railway - Grisons, Switzerland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
N 46° 37.888 E 009° 44.777
32T E 557125 N 5164482
Quick Description: One of the most spectacular narrow gauge railways in the world and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Location:
Date Posted: 11/24/2011 4:41:30 AM
Waymark Code: WMD60T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Long Description:
From Wikipedia:

"The Albula Railway is a single track metre gauge railway line forming part of the so-called core network of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB), in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. It links Thusis on the Hinterrhein (697 m (2,287 ft) above sea level) with the spa resort of St. Moritz in Engadine (1,774 m (5,820 ft) above sea level).

Construction of the Albula Railway was begun in September 1898, the opening took place on 1 July 1903, and the extension to St. Moritz commenced operations on 10 July 1904. With its 55 bridges and 39 tunnels, the 61.67 km (38.32 mi) long line is one of the most spectacular narrow gauge railways in the world.

On 7 July 2008, the Albula Railway and the Bernina Railway, which also forms part of the RhB, were jointly recorded in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, under the name Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes.

The best known trains operating on the Albula Railway are the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express."

The Bernina Express takes 4 hours from Chur to Tirano in Italy, the Glacier Express takes about 7.5 hours from St. Moritz to Zermatt.

These are special tourist trains with panorama wagons and restaurant cars, for which reservations and supplements are required. The railway is also used by standard scheduled fast trains every day at regular hourly intervals, in the main tourist seasons some of these trains also have additional panorama cars. On the Bergün-Preda section, there are also so-called sledding trains operating in winter. These are shuttle services, which carry sledders and tobogganers from Bergün to Preda every 30 minutes. And there is a high number of goods trains that use every free time slot between the passenger trains.

The coordinate location is the railway station of Bergün close to the middle of this railway. Tickets can also be bought in any other railway station in Switzerland, for the Express trains in any travel agency as well.
Engine Type: Electric

Gauge of Railway: Meter Gauge

Type: Spur (out and back)

Length of Route: 61.67 km

Dates of Operation: From: 1/1/2011 To: 12/31/2011

Frequency of departures: hourly

Key Attractions:
55 bridges, 39 tunnels (three of them spiral), up to 1815 meters above Sea.


Does this Scenic Railroad Provide: Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Trains?: yes

Railroad Website: [Web Link]

Approximate Adult Fare: Not Listed

Approximate Child Fare: Not Listed

Visit Instructions:

Provide a picture of something with the train. Possible photos include the entertainment on board the train, the train itself at any location along the route, a picture of the scenery with part of the train in view, the kids borrowing the engineer’s hat. Show us you had a good time visiting the train. If the train isn't running when you visit get a photo of one of the many railway related items that can be found in locations like this.

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