Gotthard North (50-mins) (DVD-R)
Join us for a captivating journey along the magnificent SBB Gotthard Line, one of the world’s premier rail routes, running north-south through the centre of Switzerland. In Gotthard North we take the ex-TEE “Gottardo” for the ride from Zurich to the Gotthard Pass. We join our train at Zurich Main Station and are soon running alongside Lakes Zurich, Zug and Lucerne. We break our journey to look around the old town of Zug, visit the fascinating animal park at Arth-Goldau, and the Victorinox factory in Schwyz where the famous Swiss Army Knives are made. We look at the history of the line and its locomotives and visit the SBB depot at Erstfeld, not only home to the most modern of the Swiss Federal Railway’s fleet, but also to two of the surviving crocodile locomotives from the early days of electrification.
After Erstfeld the line begins to climb steeply, twisting and turning around the village of Wassen, whose church is a famous vantage point for railway enthusiasts.
We end our journey at Goschenen, where we leave the train to look at the Gotthard Pass road and follow the old horse-drawn postcoach to the summit hospice.
If you have enjoyed this DVD you might like to try our “enthusiasts specials on the SBB Main Works at BeIlinzona, or some of the other rail journeys through Switzerland