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If you pass by Brienz (CH), do not miss the steam cog-wheel train up to the Brienzer Rothorn
Spitting and coughing, the steam railway will bring you up just in front of the Bernese Alps
Up there at 2,244 m.s.l., give a look down to the emerald green lake Brienz
Click on the panorama above to have the full view: a far away view until the Mythen on the left, the Brienzer Rothorn in the middle, Lake Brienz and Bernese Alps on the right.
Everything’s ready for the opening of the world’s longest and deepest tunnel, the new Gotthard base rail tunnel.
Our train will speed up to 250 km/h for 57 km under the Gotthard massive: more than 2 km of rocks above our head!
Will this shiny coach from the Swiss railways be our wagon?
Or instead this Trans Europe Express, the most comfy train of the Sixties?
Maybe the 10 tons, 2000 HP largest electric-engine powered locomotive ever (from 1922)?
Or this C 5/6 2978 (1917 – 1967): it was the last steam locomotive running through the old Gotthard tunnel … at 65 km/h.
That’s our boy: the D 1/3 1 «Limmat», 179 HP – 1847, the fist locomotive operated by the Swiss railway company. All aboard!
Pictures shot in Erstfeld, at the opening ceremony of the Gotthard base tunnel. That day, several historical trains of the Swiss railways were available for public view.
From the blue sky of Pilatus Kulm …
… down towards the Vierwaldstättersee.
Then by gondola above the woods,
back to the flatland …
… back to Lucerne and the blue of its Roiss river.
Click each picture to enlarge.
When snow covers the Alpine pastures, skiers are the actors of a daily, winter transhumance. Click each picture to open it in a new tab and re-click it to magnify.
Pictures shot with D800 + 50 mm and panorama assembled with Hugin software.