or on the
|Luogelkin Viadukt, Canton Valais (VS)
|The viaduct is part of the southern stretch of the Lötschberg line.© photo CFF
Spiez to Brig
Sit on the right hand side – initially see the base station of the Niesen funicular and the Kander river. We
cross the Kander viaduct and see the hydro-electric power station 3 times as the line gains height by 2 spiral tunnels with
Blausee Mittleholz station between them. The village of Kandersteg is to the left of the station with the car loading platforms to the right. Beyond
the Lotschberg tunnel spectacular views all the way on the descent to Brig as we look down on the Rhone
Valley. Carl agrees 'on the Southern ramp the views on the right, down into
the valley,are amazing. Oh and if you ever drive the Kander route, climb to the top of Tellenburg Castle outside Fruitigen
for a spectacular view of the railway viaduct, or walk the BLS railway experience trail from Kandersteg station right
alongside the tracks with fascinating railway info all the way!'
|Climb to the top of Tellenburg castle
|Amazing views of the BLS.
Interlaken to Zweilutschien - BOB
The front section of this Bernese Oberland Bahn (BOB) train will go to Lauterbrunnen,
the rear to Grindelwald, the train splits in Zweilutschinen. So listen carefully to Rosemarie's announcements
at Interlaken to make sure you're in the correct section! Sit on the right hand side – but look initially to your left to see “Mystery Park”
and Interlaken’s military airfield. As the train approaches Wilderswil see the base station of the Schynige Platte Bahn (SPB)
opposite the station building. Beyond Wilderswil the line follows the Lutschine River. The BOB's works are at Zweilutschien. Carl sticks his nose in again..'on the left of this route you can see the upper section
of the railway flora and fauna walk alongside the tracks from Wilderswil to Zweilutschinen. Why not break your journey at
Zweilutschinen to do it in reverse then get back on the train!' Gerald reminds us that just before Zweilutschinen near
the bridge you can see where the black and white lutschines meet, and can actually see the two different water colours
|The BOB prepares to depart Wilderwil!
|In the back ground the Schynige Platte Bahn.© Jungfraubahnen
Zweilutschien to Lauterbrunnen - BOB
Sit on the right hand side for views now of the Weisse Lutschine (river) and the steeply sloped sides of the glacial Lauterbrunnen Valley. There are two rack sections on this line. Just before the last accent to Lauterbrunnen, the old Jungfraubahnen power station can be seen through the trees on the left hand side.
Zweilutchien to Grindelwald – BOB
Views from both sides but sit on the right hand side, as we now follow the Schwarz Lutschine
(river)to Grindelwald. Enjoy early glimpses of the Eiger, and just before the final rack
climb to Grindelwald, look out for the Mannlichen Gondelbahn (GGM) and the Wengernalp
Bahn (WAB) as it climbs the 25% grade to Kleine Scheidegg. There are 3 little stations between Zweilutschinen and Grindelwald,
Lutschental, Burglauenen, and Schwendi. Carl adds 'the Eiger's Northface fills the train window on the
|Paraglider in front of the Eiger.
|© Grindelwald Tourism
Lauterbrunnen to Wengen - WAB
Views from both sides before Wengen but sit on the right hand side. Firstly we pass the freight
yards and works depot of the WAB before the spectacular views of Lauterbrunnen, it’s church and the valley as we cross
the bridge over the Weisse Lutschine. See the Staubbach and other waterfalls on the right hand (Murren) side of the valley.
The WAB has thoughtfully placed a sign showing a camera here and at other photogenic spots. Just past the bridge and on the
incline the start of the “old line” to Wengen can be seen – now only used for the occasional freight or
enthusiasts train in summer, and not even cleared of snow in the winter. The best views are now on the left hand side as we
look down on the valley below; see the route up the valley side to Grutschalp. Views now from the right hand side down to
the valley and the Breithorn mountain beyond. We pass the end of the “old line” just before Wengen Station. Wengen
is the lower terminus of the Mannlichen cable car (LWM) situated just off the main street – see the old base station
at the back of the village, it was moved to its new location following winter avalanche damage in 1999. Carl
adds 'Again if you can find time, have a walk up through Lauterbrunnen to the base of the
Staubbach waterfalls and be inspired just like Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Byron, Tolkien and Goethe (you can read his poem about
the waterfall here too)'
Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg
Above Wengen sit on the right hand side, pass through the
Allmend Gallery and the passing loop at Allmend Station, (look down on the village and the valley to Interlaken in the distance). Allmend
is the upper end of a chair lift (winter only) that comes from Inner Wengen and the finish point of the Lauberhorn downhill
ski race course. We next pass the old passing loop and water stop at Wasser Station – now no longer used, before
coming to Wengernalp. To the right views across the valley - see Murren and the revolving restaurant on the top of the Schilthorn.
To the left, just before the station is the famous Hundschopf part of the Lauberhorn ski run – you can see the rock and the permanent
fencing even in summer. Beyond Wengernalp the train follows the base of the Jungrau to Kleine Scheidegg – start of the
Jungfraubahn (JB) to the Jungfraujoch and the WAB down to Grindelwald.
|Jungfrau Tunnel Entrance with dates over top
|For seven kilometers (4.3 miles) the track runs inside the Eiger and Mönch mountains
Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch – JB
As the train spend most of it’s journey within tunnels there isn’t
a great deal to see, however, sit on the right hand side for views back to Kleine Scheidegg. The first passing loop is
at Eiger Glacier station where the lines works are situated. To the right just before and below the station, are the kennels
of the Husky Dogs used to give sleigh rides at the summit. The train stops twice within the mountain on ascent only to allow
views through the Eiger’s north wall (Eiger Nord Wand) and to the east, Eismeer. There are various activities at the
summit including the lift to the observation station that is visible from Kleine Scheidegg, summer skiing and an ice palace
made within the glacier. There is a microwave dish installation on the east face of the Jungfrau which is used to transmit television pictures across the Alps. A useless fact from Carl ' on their descent the trains
act as generators feeding power back into the lines.. clever stuff'
Interlaken to Brienz
This is the only narrow gauge line owned by the SBB, formally known as the Brunig line, it is now renamed the Zentralbahn.
Sit on the right hand side for many views of Lake Brienz. The line continues from Brienz to Meiringen where it reverses to cross the Brunig
pass by rack assistance to Lucerne. Carl says 'from Brienz station why not walk over to the
boat landing and get a BLS boat back to Interlaken.. you might even be lucky and get the paddle steamship Lotschberg'
BACK - to the top
BACK - to the Travelogue index