The RhB Albula Line (50-mins) (DVD-R)
The official DVD of the RhB. Join us for a special journey along the Rhaetian Railway’s spectacular Albula Line from the city of Chur to the internationally famous resort of St.Moritz. We make the trip in a mixed passenger-goods train hauled by one of the historic Ge 6/6 “baby crocodile” locomotives which were running on a daily basis on 1989 but which now only haul special excursions.
We begin out journey at Chur, capital of the Canton of Graubunden and look around the old city before borading the train. This is the original line of the RhB and was constructed through some particularly difficult terrain, so the way passes through numerous tunnels and over some spectacular viaducts incuding the Solis and Landwasser, which are amongst the most photographed bridges in Switzerland. After Filisur the line becomes especially steep and in order to avoid rack assistance the railway builders utilised spiral tunnels and loops along the valley sides. The summit of the line is in a 5km long tunnel.
Along the way we pause to look at some of the traditional villages and join in with special celebrations held to mark the centenary of the line.
Journey’s end is at the popular resort of St.Moritz, situated in the Engadine valley beside the lake which bears its name. Our run with the “crocodile” is now an archive journey and a reminder of the history of the route.