My sister and I were in Switserland for a short holiday in October 2011. Coincidentally there was a Rhätische Bahn steam special running at the period. We strained to catch it...
1 The new day greeted us with splendid sunlight. We had just arrived here, in Savognin, the previous day.
Our plan was to catch the steam special in the Rhein gorge, a spledid background for a steam train. We set out to find a good photo vanatge point.
2 The Rheinschlucht is a gorge that was made by the upper stream of the Rhine in a prehistoric landslide in the roughly 17 kilometers between Ilanz and Reichenau. Only the railway has found a place here. All motor roads go over or around it. It is a piece of natural beauty.
3 View into the gorge from the southern road. The railway runs along the river
7 The station is just around the curve.
10 We made a short walk in teh gorge at river level an met this local service.
11 ...and a return train. This photo demonstrates why we did not choose to wait for the steam special in the gorge. Ligting conditions were poor, contrast was too high. Eventually we decided to drive to Chur end catch it there.
12 For an image of the seventies: Chur's station. In the seventies I spent several holidays here (1975-1978).
13 But on closer inspection a lot has changed. The main building has lost its function and has been extended. The platforms of the Chur Aroas line have been upgraded considerably
27 It was in 1978 since I last saw this engine et the station of Zernez. When I saw it leave the station I could hardly have realized it would last just about half a lifetime to see her again. Read more about this class.
31 Of the 29 examples built only locomotives 107 and 108 remained at the Rhaetian Railway as non-catenary dependent reserves for snow removal, building work and goods trains. Since the 1960s, they have also worked increasingly on special trains for railway enthusiasts. Locomotive 107 is presently stationed in Landquart, while no 108 is based in Samedan. On the occasion of the Graubünden Steam Festival 2006 and the simultaneous 100th anniversary of the Albula Railway, both locomotives were given names. Since then, no 107 has carried the name Albula, and no 108 the name Engiadina.
50 The blowing safety announced the impending departure of the special towards Landquart.
55 I hope it won't last another 33 years before I see her again...