Photographer's Note

This is a Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway train slowly working it's way up from Gletsch (1760m/5774ft) - in the Swiss canton of Valais/Wallis - towards the Rhonegletscher [Rhone Glacier] and the Furka Pass (2160m/7087ft).

This rack track - with a maximum gradient of 118 per mille - was built in 1911 and is run by the Furka-Oberalp Bahn Company (FOB). The line was also a part of the Glacier Express Line - a joint venture of three railway companies since 1930 - connecting the health resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz by direct trains.

Due to the avalanche risk this part of the line was closed during the Winter months, but the completion of the 15,4km (9.3mi) long Furka Base Tunnel means that all year traffic is possible since 1982. This includes car-by-rail transportations.

Today a private museum association is running the traffic during the Summer months (i.e. end of June to beginning of October) - from Gletsch via Furka to Realp (1420m/4659ft) in the canton of Uri - with some more than 80 year old steam engines and the journey lasts around two hours.

That's the way to go!

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