This Amazing Train Brings You Through The Heart Of The Swiss Alps

Jason Ringenberg | | BrainsBrains

Meet the Glacier Express, a train ride like no other in the world. The Glacier Express is an amazing alpine rail line that takes passengers through the heart of the Swiss Alps from Zermatt to St Moritz. On the 8 hour journey, the train goes over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels. The longest tunnel, The Furka Summit Tunnel, is 9.6 miles long! With breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps along the entire journey, this is not an opportunity to miss.

Glacier Express Route Wikipedia

The Glacier Express began operation on June 25th, 1930. It originally operated only in the summer months until the construction of the Furka Summit Tunnel in 1981. The construction of this passageway allowed the Glacier Express to bypass major mountain passes that were previously impossible. The express train now operates year round. In the modern day, the Glacier Express will climb and descend a great deal during the trip. The greatest elevation difference is from Chur at 585 m (1,919 ft) to Oberlap pass at 2,033 m (6,670 ft). This comes to an impressive 1448 m (4,751 ft) of elevation gain and loss.

In order to achieve the steep grades needed to make the journey possible, the train operates on a rack railway system. Also known as rack-and-pinion or cog railway. The train comes equipped with cogs or pinions that interlock with a rack railway that allows the train to achieve steeper grades than normal modern locomotives.

Simply incredible Wikipedia

The Glacier Express is an absolute must do for a ski trip in the Swiss Alps. Not only is this train ride an incredible experience in itself, but it’s also an efficient way to travel between ski areas. You can pick up a ticket on the Glacier Express Website


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