Photographer's Note

At an altitude of 1.479m (4'852ft) above sea level – and 680m (2'230ft) above the Lauterbrunnen valley - Allmend is mostly known as the starting point of the Lauberhornrennen Slalom Race taking place every year in January. It's also a station along the Wengernalp Railway (WAB) between Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg.

Here the uphill and downhill trains meet with an interval of 20 – 30 minutes, as there are no fixed intervals at this part of the railway. The switch of the trains into separate tracks is handled manually, although remote control is gradually introduced along the line.

A good many farmers in the region are working part-time at the railway. This way tourism - which is responsible for more than 90% of the turnover - help support farming to survive. The word Allmend means 'common land' – an area of fields or meadows under the joint care of a community.

Today this might look like a 'sunshine job', but sometimes it's hard work and the safety aspects are important. Not least with sudden weather changes and the surrounding mountains always meaning an avalanche risk. Only in 1999 the tracks here were destroyed twice in February and the nearby mountain restaurant was totally demolished.

However this "four o'clock" for Kleine Scheidegg is "out" on time!

Image cropped, adjusted levels and curves, increased saturation +10, reduced in blue –50 (and lightness –30), ran NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE, sharpened and faded to 40%, framed and saved for Web.

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 849] (2454)
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