Jonathan Lee

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Italy, Switzerland & Austria (August 2017) – Venice, Swiss Mountain Railways & Vienna

This trip was an attempt to visit some parts of Switzerland that we’d only ever been to during the Winter months. Most prominently featuring the Aletsch Glacier, accessed from the gondolas that head up towards it from stations along the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. As it was Summer we also planned to visit Rochers de Naye, as there was a daily loco-hauled service plying the hill railway during the Summer, and Schynige Platte as it had recently been included in the Swiss Pass free travel. As we’d never been to Switzerland during the Summer months we were looking forward to the change of scenery, in a familiar country; but oh, how the weather would take the anticipation away from us!

 

To get to Switzerland we were flying to Venice, Italy, simply because it was the cheapest way of getting to somewhere neighbouring Switzerland; and we’d never been to Venice either. Finally, we’d fly home from Vienna, Austria. The idea behind venturing into Vienna was to visit the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, now a memorial site, having visited Auschwitz earlier in the year.

 

Flights

Booked through Monarch & British Airways direct

ZB7252 1635 Gatwick – Venice

BA701 1420 Vienna – Heathrow

 

Hotels

Venice (Italy) – Hotel Ambassador Tre Rose – just off Piazza San Marco, check in is at the Albergo San Marco Hotel, just around the corner. Thankfully the AC had already been turned on for us as it was very stuffy outside after the storm. While it wasn’t a big room, it was clean and the bathroom had all the toiletries we needed. The only thing missing was a kettle! Breakfast was served at the Albergo San Marco Hotel but wasn’t included in our room rate.

 

Brig (Switzerland) – Good Night Inn – Our hotel of choice in Brig has always been the Good Night Inn but on this occasion, we’d had to settle for somewhere else, that was until only a week before our trip the Good Night Inn released some rooms to Booking.com; at which point the original hotel was cancelled and the Good Night Inn was snapped up instead. Ever since we’d planned the trip I’d been regularly checking to see if the Good Night Inn had released any rooms as their main clientele is tour groups and they don’t always cater to the stand-alone guest. I was glad we’d managed to get in though and even though we couldn’t check in at 1115 when we arrived, we could leave our bags in the hotel reception until we got back that evening. The rooms at the Good Night Inn are pretty standard but are at least sizeable. They don’t offer much on the mod-con front but there is shower gel provided, Ibis style, and the rooms have always been clean when we’ve stayed. Unfortunately, the one we had was on the front and offered views of the town and not the mountains like those on the other side of the building did.

 

Chur (Switzerland) – Ibis Chur West – 10 minutes’ walk from Chur West station, we were given a room at the back of the hotel, which is apparently where the rooms stay coolest in Summer, and it wasn’t overlooking McDonalds so would be quiet, the hotel receptionist told us. When I realised that none of the rooms in the Ibis Chur West had A/C, I understood why the receptionist was emphasizing the room at the back of the hotel being among the coolest in the hotel. It was a little warm but a breeze from the door, which opened onto a shared walkway balcony, soon cooled it enough. The room was typically Ibis and had everything you’d expect from an Ibis, other than A/C, and was clean.

 

Vienna (Austria) – Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier – The Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier is only a short distance from Wien Mitte station, out of the station, turn left and it’s up the hill on the right, accessed through a narrow passageway; which makes it hard to spot from the main road. First impressions were good but the girl dealing with us at reception didn’t seem to know what she was doing. I’d checked in online, as I’m an Accor member, and was expecting to turn up at the front desk, be handed our room key and that was it. For some reason, I was asked for a credit card, which I queried, which she then queried with one of her colleagues and handed it me back, without having done anything with it. Our room keys weren’t ready for us and we had to wait for her to process them, after which she did confirm breakfast time and where it was served, which would become important the following morning.

Our “classic” double room was nice, clean, had tea/coffee making facilities and decent A/C. It was also in a quiet part of the hotel, not overlooking the main road at the front. Unfortunately, the nice room didn’t redeem the hotel for what happened the following morning, or at check-out the day after!

 

Train Tickets

Interrail Global Pass (7 days in 1 month – 1st Class)

Booked in the UK through the Interrail website

 

Reservations for overnight trains from Linz to Zurich & Zurich to Vienna were booked through Rail Canterbury in the UK

 

Sunday 6th August 2017 (Heading to Venice)

 

I’d been at the Spa Valley Railway diesel gala all weekend and managed a return trip from Tunbridge Wells to Eridge before heading via Tonbridge & Redhill to Gatwick to meet my wife, who’d travelled down from Doncaster using her Interrail. I hadn’t wanted to waste one of my inclusive internal Interrail journeys from Tunbridge Wells to Gatwick, so bought a single instead; the saved journey coming in handy for an impromptu trip to France a month later.

 

Gatwick Airport was busy but it was a smooth transfer through the airport to the waiting area and the flight departed more or less to time. We had a row of three seats between us on the plane and thankfully we landed in Venice before a rather big storm passed through; which we’d seen forecast before we’d departed the UK.

 

Our Hotel in Venice, the Ambassador Tre Rose, was just off Piazza San Marco and to get there we used the Alilaguna operated waterbus route A, which runs from the airport, via the Grand Canal, to San Marco. During the Summer months though most route A waterbuses terminate at Giglio, which is only a short walk from San Marco anyway. Our single tickets cost €16 each and were purchased from one of the Alilaguna counters in the airport, mainly as the machines offer tickets by route and if you don’t know which route you’re using then the machines are hard to figure out and get the right ticket! The walk from the airport terminal to the waterbus terminal is a good 10 minutes, at a decent pace. With luggage, I’d allow 20 minutes. We arrived at the departure point for the route A ferries at 2014 and thankfully the 2015 departure hadn’t even boarded. I was quite surprised at both the seating arrangement on board and the lack of it as well. The ferry we travelled on had seats around the outside of the ferry and not in rows like I’d expected, and there couldn’t have been more than 20 people on board on departure; and it was a little cozy. Thankfully most luggage was stored up top and was arranged by the captain as we boarded.

 

As we stormed across the open water towards the Venice islands the storm that had been threatening loomed over them, making the skies to one side black as can be while the other side of us was clear and the sun was still shining. The heavens opened before we reached the grand canal, just as a Wizz Air plane was taking off. I’d say they were just in time as 10-15 minutes later the whole place was engulfed by the storm and the lightening show was good to watch en-route. Thankfully the storm passed quickly, so we could watch from a distance as we approached Venice. Most people on board got off the ferry at Rialto, which is one of the main points along the canal. We could have got off there and walked to the hotel quicker but we wouldn’t have got our trip up the grand canal had we done so.

 

The canal itself was quiet, probably due to the massive storm that had passed through and the journey from the airport to Giglio took 1h10m. All the boat stops are called out by the captain and each has a visible sign to confirm where it is. I was using ME Maps to navigate so knew where we were as we trundled through the city.

 

On face value, Venice looks like a nightmare to navigate but if you have some form of maps on your phone then it’s easy enough, especially if you have a route planner; which knows where the bridges over the waterways are. Unfortunately for us the location of the Ambassador Tre Rose was wrong on ME Maps but thankfully not too wrong. Having searched the address instead of the hotel, we were only a couple of minutes’ walk from it and were checking in at the Albergo San Marco Hotel, just around the corner, after one of the hotel staff came to collect us after we’d pressed the buzzer to gain access. Check-in was simple enough and we were soon dropping our bags back at the Ambassador Tre Rose. The room wasn’t very big at all but sufficed for what we needed. Thankfully the AC had already been turned on for us as it was very stuffy outside after the storm. While it wasn’t a big room, it was clean and the bathroom had all the toiletries we needed. The only thing missing was a kettle! Breakfast was served at the Albergo San Marco Hotel but wasn’t included in our room rate and we didn’t bother with it on either morning.

 

As we’d not had anything to eat for a while, we ended up around the corner in the Venice Hard Rock Café. While Hard Rock Café’s aren’t cheap, they do serve good food and our waiter made the experience a worthwhile trip that night. We even came away with souvenir glasses, which if your planning on having a beer and getting one anyway are almost given away in the beer/glass deal; and are less than half the price they would be if you bought one separately. The only downfall of this was that we had to carry them around with us for the next 10 days, but they made it back home unscathed, probably as they were in decent protective boxes.

 

When we walked back from the Hard Rock Café towards the Ambassador Tre Rose, our walk was halted in Piazza San Marco when the entrance to the alleyway we needed to access was 3 inches deep in water. Parts of the Piazza were also under water, a combination of high tide and storm surge after the earlier storm were the reason. At times during bad weather the whole Piazza is flooded ankle deep but thankfully this wasn’t one of those occasions; but we did have to walk the long was around to get back to the Ambassador Tre Rose though. While some folk in the Piazza were paddling in the water, we couldn’t be arsed with getting our feet wet and then walking barefoot back to the hotel on the direct pathways. It had been a long day for both of us and I had some sleep to catch up on after the weekend at the Spa Valley; we had no intention of getting up early the following morning and didn’t even bother setting an alarm.

 

Photos from Sunday 6th August 2017

 

Moves from Sunday 6th August 2017

31101 Tunbridge Wells West Eridge 2J03 0915 Tunbridge Wells West – Eridge
31101 Eridge Tunbridge Wells West 2T06 1030 Eridge – Tunbridge Wells West
377608 Tunbridge Wells Tonbridge 1050 Hastings – Charing Cross
377807
377209 Tonbridge Redhill 1154 Tonbridge – Redhill
377406 Redhill Gatwick Airport 1202 Victoria – Bognor Regis
YL-LCP Gatwick South Terminal Venice ZB7252 1635 Gatwick – Venice

 

Monday 7th August 2017 (Venice)

 

 

After a morning of sightseeing, I headed to Venezia Santa Lucia station for the afternoon rush to see what was going on. From Piazza San Marco, it is probably easier to take a waterbus but if you’re buying single tickets it’s quite costly, with the day and other period tickets being a lot more value for money when using the canal’s public transport. Again, on face value, it looks like a bit of a nightmare walk from Piazza San Marco to Venezia Santa Lucia station, on the opposite side of the city. It’s not actually that bad and is pretty much a curved line down one direct route, which follows the same contour that the grand canal does; and it’s even signposted along the way too. It took me about 25 minutes to fight my way through the crowds to get there and I was pleasantly surprised with how up to date Venezia Santa Lucia station is. It has a sizeable booking office and loads of self-service ticket machine and there are plenty of eateries along the buffer stops of the 20+ dead-end platforms.

 

While I wasn’t out and about for long, it was a complete ned-fest of FS 464’s on locals with the odd EMU thrown in. EMU’s seemed to stick to certain routes though and main went from the higher numbered platforms at the other side of the station building that separates the two bits. I never went further than Venezia Mestre, 8.40km across the causeway that links Venice to mainland Italy. There are great views across the water from the trains, towards the airport and looking back on Venice itself. I barely had time to look out of the windows as I was spinning about so much and attempting to keep all the gen as well.

 

RV2823 1327 Trieste Centrale – Venezia Santa Lucia was T&T 464437/464254. All other sets were single 464’s with driver trailers. I managed to leap onto two high speed trains at Mestre without being hindered with FR9733 1445 Milano Centrale – Venezia Santa Lucia being formed with power cars 404559/404501 so the sets obviously don’t always maintain their respective power cars; and I saw another set like it as well. After running around like a blue arse fly for 90 minutes, I finished back at Santa Lucia with 1216009 on EC87 1134 München Hbf – Venezia Santa Lucia and then walked back to the hotel; by which time it was a bit calmer in the streets. It was like the calm before the storm, while everyone headed back to their hotels to prepare themselves for the evening onslaught.

 

Randomly, our choice for food that night was a Chinese restaurant a short walk from our hotel, called Dragone D’Oriente. Random because we usually spend our time in other cities trying to locate Italian restaurants but when in Italy we go completely against the grain! We should have stuck with Italian as the service was shocking and by the time Danielle’s food had arrived I’d finished mine. There was also a charge on the receipt, shown as table charge, which when I challenged the waitress about she did nothing but shrug her shoulders. €6 to be allowed to sit down at a table is ridiculous, especially when the service was crap. The food was quite tasty though, but that didn’t redeem them. If you want decent Chinese food in Venice then by all means use this place but don’t expect great service and be prepared for the table charge.

 

I wondered back down to the Piazza at midnight, which just so happened to be high tide. While the amount of water coming up through the Piazza’s drainage holes wasn’t as much as there had been the previous night, there was still enough to enable good photos of the surrounding buildings being reflected in the water. I spent a good half an hour with my camera poised and for a good 15 minutes of that I was laid flat on my belly to make sure the camera was level and to get the best reflective angles; much to the amusement of some people, who even resorted to photting me! As the flooding wasn’t to the same extent as the previous night, after the storm, I was able to get back to the Ambassador Tre Rose via the direct route on this occasion, where the narrow streets were completely deserted but for my footsteps.

 

With the very late night, we were already packed for our departure to pastures new the following day and there was even less of an incentive to set an alarm than there had been the previous night. We had no intentions of going anywhere, or doing anything the following day; other than walking to the station after lunch.

 

 

Gen for Monday 7th August 2017

402035 stabled at Venezia S. Lucia
464249 RV2695 1641 Venezia S. Lucia – Trieste Cen
464636 R11054 1645 Venezia S. Lucia – Treviso Cen
404618/402627 AV9748 1650 Venezia S. Lucia – Milano Cen
464662 R11043 1431 Udine – Venezia S. Lucia, R11056 1715 Venezia S. Lucia – Udine
464698 RV2724 1712 Venezia S. Lucia – Verona Porta Nuova
464278 RV2721 1521 Verona Porta Nuova – Venezia S. Lucia
464500 R20857 1442 Verona Porta Nuova – Venezia S. Lucia, RV2029 1711 Venezia S. Lucia – Portogruaro-Caorle
464437/464254 (T&T) RV2823 1327 Trieste Cen – Venezia S. Lucia
464338 RV2818 1704 Venezia S. Lucia – Trieste Cen
464634 R20864 1705 Venezia S. Lucia – Verona Porta Nuova
EMU R20690 1536 Rovigo – Venezia S. Lucia
464604 R11047 1636 Treviso Cen – Venezia S. Lucia
404543/404542 FR9750 1720 Venezia S. Lucia – Torino Porta Nuova
464711 RV2238 1520 Bologna Cen – Venezia S. Lucia, YES8 RV2215 1741 Venezia S. Lucia – Trieste Cen
464295 RV2684 1515 Trieste Cen – Venezia S. Lucia, RV2874 1731 Venezia S. Lucia – Sacile
ETR600-7 (EMU) FA8451 1725 Venezia S. Lucia – Roma Termini
404559/404501 FR9733 1445 Milano Cen – Venezia S. Lucia, FR9754 1750 Venezia S. Lucia – Milano Cen
464452 RV2862 1445 Sacile – Venezia S. Lucia
404644/404645 FR9430 1230 Napoli Cen – Venezia S. Lucia
1216009 EC87 1134 München Hbf – Venezia S. Lucia

 

Moves for Monday 7th August 2017

464249 Venezia Santa Lucia Venezia Mestre RV2695 1641 Venezia Santa Lucia – Trieste Centrale
464437 Venezia Mestre Venezia Santa Lucia RV2823 1327 Trieste Centrale – Venezia Santa Lucia
464254
464338 Venezia Santa Lucia Venezia Porta Marghera RV2818 1704 Venezia Santa Lucia – Trieste Centrale
464500 Venezia Porta Marghera Venezia Mestre RV2029 1711 Venezia Santa Lucia – Portogruaro-Caorle
404559 Venezia Mestre Venezia Santa Lucia FR9733 1445 Milano Centrale – Venezia Santa Lucia
404501
464295 Venezia Santa Lucia Venezia Mestre RV2874 1731 Venezia Santa Lucia – Sacile
404644 Venezia Mestre Venezia Santa Lucia FR9430 1230 Napoli Centrale – Venezia Santa Lucia
404645
464711 Venezia Santa Lucia Venezia Mestre RV2215 1741 Venezia Santa Lucia – Trieste Centrale
1216009 Venezia Mestre Venezia Santa Lucia EC87 1134 Munchen Hbf – Venezia Santa Lucia

 

 

Tuesday 8th August 2017 (Venice to Linz then overnight to Zurich)

 

It was gone 10 o’clock when we ended up getting out of our pit and we checked out at midday on the dot.  Had been going to leave our bags at the hotel while we went for lunch but I’d spotted a load of restaurants on the way to Santa Lucia station the previous day, so we took them with us and found a place called Ristorante Pedrocchi, in an open square not far from the station. The pizzas we had were good and while the peace was broken by a local demonstration in the corner of the square, it wasn’t invasive and it was a relaxing meal.

 

We were at Santa Lucia well early for our 1555 departure to Villach Hbf so some inevitable spinning about ensued, with everything being FS 464’s but for 1216007 on EC86 1350 Venezia Santa Lucia – München Hbf. When I had time, I attempted to figure out how to do reservations on the self-service ticket machines and failed miserably. Even when I went into the ticket office to get them, the girl handing out queue tickets attempted to do it on the machine first; and failed! I wasn’t overly bothered about having a reservation as we were in 1st class anyway but for the peace of mind I attempted to get some anyway, after all, they were only €6 internally in Italy. When the guy at the ticket counter asked me for €26 for the two reservations, I pretty much told him where to stick them and walked away without them.

 

When 1216011 backed the stock in for EC30 1555 Venezia Santa Lucia – Wien Hbf, we were poised at the 1st class, right behind the loco. There were very few reservations in the open seated coach and none at all in the compartment coach, so in the end we’d done the right thing with not getting a reservation; that was until we were gripped and the guard asked for €26 instead. He was polite enough about it and at least gave us the gen that all EC trains in Italy & Austria carry the reservation levy now, with it being €9 in 2nd class and €13 in 1st class. Payment by card was a farce though and even the guard was getting annoyed with his various machines. He had to use his tablet to create the fare, I paid on a remote hand-held card reader and another remote machine issued the ticket; at the third time of asking. Had I known I’d be €26 out of pocket by doing EC30 to Villach we’d have been doing a 464 to Udine for REX1822 1722 Udine – Villach Hbf forward, which arrived Villach a few minutes in front of EC30. The irony being that we made REX1822 at Tarvisio Boscoverde and did FUC 190302 forward to Villach anyway. Where our connecting train, IC591 1845 Klagenfurt Hbf – Salzburg Hbf then had to be held waiting connections off EC30, which had been delayed at Tarvisio waiting for the Italian border guards to release the train.

 

1016038 led IC591 to Salzburg Hbf and there was plenty of room in 1st class, which was again compo’s. Upon arrival, we stocked up on a few bits for our overnight journey to Zurich. The supermarket in the underpass at the station was very busy for 10pm. We had a choice of 2 Railjet services to Linz Hbf for our overnight to Zurich Hbf ended up on 1116242 with RJ845 2212 Salzburg Hbf – Linz Hbf. The 1st class on Railjet sets is loads better than the 2nd class but I was a little taken aback when we were charged for the drinks we had on our way to Linz, with the only free thing being handed out in 1st class on Railjet being mini tic-tac’s. It wasn’t the kind of service I expected from 1st class on the continent but I quickly understood that the UK seemed to be the only country offering complementary everything in its 1st class.

 

The idea of heading to Linz for our overnight to Zurich was purely so we could get the shunt in at Salzburg Hbf when the Zurich portion was shunted from EN462 2040 Budapest Keleti – München Hbf to EN466 2127 Wien Hbf – Zurich Hbf, which sits at Salzburg for a long while, waiting for EN462 to catch it up! I was also hoping that the Praha – Zurich portion, that is conveyed on REX1547 Praha – Linz, was still sat in the station area when we got there so I could ned the shunt loco in that attached it to the rear of EN462 at Linz.

 

It was a successful evening really, other than having to shelter out of the rain that was blowing sideways onto the platforms, with OBB’s diesel shunter 2070036 being sat in platform 3 with the Praha portion for EN462 when we got there and there its stayed until moments before EN462 arrived. There were no issues getting on the shunt as it had a seated compo coach in the formation. SBB 1116060 worked EN462 and at Salzburg Hbf 1163008 quickly dropped onto the rear of the train and shunted the Zurich portions onto EN466, which was sat waiting with Rail Cargo Hungary 1116045 in the adjacent platform. I had time to leg it to the rear while the 1163 was being attached and then to the front before departure while the train waited time for departure. It was then bedtime, in what turned out to be a rickety old MAV coach, which I was less than impressed with, especially given we’d paid €74 each for the berth reservations! Having looked at the OBB sleepers in the formation, they were a lot nicer, modern and had better facilities and freebies. I queried our berth reservations with Rail Canterbury when I got back and was told that when they book the berths they can’t specify a coach, let alone an operator. So, it is basically down to the luck of the draw.

 

 

Gen for Tuesday 8th August 2017

Italy (FS)
464637 RV2866 1331 Venezia S. Lucia – Conegliano
464249 RV2211 1341 Venezia S. Lucia – Trieste Cen
464643 RV2237 1342 Venezia S. Lucia – Bologna Cen
464250 R11040 1345 Venezia S. Lucia – Treviso Can
1216007 EC86 1350 Venezia S. Lucia – München Hbf
1216011 EC31 0625 Wien Hbf – Venezia S. Lucia, EC30 1555 Venezia S. Lucia – Wien Hbf (to Villach)
503012 (EMU) EC37 0739 Geneve – Venezia S. Lucia
464709 RV2717 1321 Verona Porta Nuova – Venezia S. Lucia
464xxx RV2817 1127 Trieste Cen – Venezia S. Lucia
464567 R20845 1242 Verona Porta Nuova – Venezia S. Lucia
464248 RV2834 1504 Venezia S. Lucia – Sacile
464317 RV2865 1417 Sacile – Venezia S. Lucia
Other 464s seen – 464451, 499, 595, 603, 634, 636, 662, 675
190302 (FUC) RE1822 1722 Udine – Villach Hbf, REX1823 1929 Villach Hbf – Udine

Austria (OBB)
541007 (SZ) EC213 1653 Villach Hbf – Zagreb Gl. Kol.
1016038 IC591 1845 Klagenfurt Hbf – Salzburg Hbf
101083 (DB) EC391 1620 Frankfurt Hbf – Salzburg Hbf
1144024 R3095 2226 Salzburg Hbf – Attnang-Puchheim
1116242 RJ845 2212 Salzburg Hbf – Linz Hbf
1116219 RJ361 1640 Zurich Hbf – Wien Hbf
1116121 EN246 2242 Wien Hbf – Bergen
2070036 shunt Praha – Zurich through portion ex REX1547 1742 Praha Holesovice to EN462 2040 Budapest Keleti – München Hbf at Linz Hbf
1116060 EN462 2040 Budapest Keleti – München Hbf
1116045 (Cargo) EN466 2127 Wien Hbf – Zurich Hbf (to Buchs)
1163008 shunt Zurich portion EN462 to EN466 at Salzburg
1116078 pilot EN466 Innsbruck to Buchs

 

Moves for Tuesday 8th August 2017

464643 Venezia Santa Lucia Venezia Mestre RV2237 1342 Venezia Santa Lucia – Bologna Centrale
1216007 Venezia Mestre Padova EC86 1350 Venezia Santa Lucia – Munchen Hbf
464709 Padova Venezia Mestre RV2717 1321 Verona Porta Nuova – Venezia Santa Lucia
464567 Venezia Mestre Venezia Santa Lucia R20845 1242 Verona Porta Nuova – Venezia Santa Lucia
464248 Venezia Santa Lucia Venezia Mestre RV2834 1504 Venezia Santa Lucia – Sacile
464317 Venezia Mestre Venezia Santa Lucia RV2865 1417 Sacile – Venezia Santa Lucia
1216011 Venezia Santa Lucia Tarvisio Boscoverde EC30 1555 Venezia Santa Lucia – Wien Hbf
190302 Tarvisio Boscoverde Villach Hbf REX1822 1722 Udine – Villach Hbf
1016038 Villach Hbf Salzburg Hbf IC591 1845 Klagenfurt Hbf – Salzburg Hbf
1116242 Salzburg Hbf Linz Hbf RJ845 2212 Salzburg Hbf – Linz Hbf

 

Photos from Tuesday 8th August 2017

 

 

Wednesday 9th August 2017 (Switzerland – a trip to Rochers de Naye)

 

I made sure I was awake at Buchs to ensure I saw what the pilot loco from Innsbruck Hbf to Buchs had been, and I had a bit of a jog to get it at Buchs as we were at the wrong end of the train on arrival. The driver was just panning 1116078 back up to move the locos off the train when I got there. As we were late arriving I had to jog down to the opposite end of the train to see what was going to work the train forward. I’d seen a pair of Re4/4’s poised when we were coming in and sure enough a pair of Re4/4’s was just being panned up when I got to the opposite end. I was suitably impressed when I cast my eyes on the leading loco; SBB Cargo 11233! 11133 was the inside loco and when we departed 11134 was poised on shed to work EN464 into Zurich behind us. I had no clue what 11233 was doing on the train but there were drivers in both locos.

 

After departing Buchs 20’ late, the coach attendant brought us a hot drink and a carton of orange juice each and that was breakfast; absolutely shocking for 1st class, to say I wasn’t impressed was an understatement. The train crew that had joined at Buchs were soon coming around to let everyone know that the train was going to be approx. 30’ late into Zurich. Unfortunately, this posed a problem for us as we’d hoped to get the 0912 departure from Zurich direct to Brig to dump our bags at the hotel. Having checked on the SBB app, a stroke of luck came our way as IC810 0740 Romanshorn – Brig was being worked into Brig by an Ersatzug and the forward set was departing from the main platforms and not platforms 31-34 downstairs. So, we stood a chance of making it. We arrived at 0909 and were first off the train. Luckily, the fact we were towards the front of the train allowed us to quickly run around to platform 17 and we had barely enough time to sit down in 1st class when the doors were closing and the train was on the move. The bonus being 460003 was leading the way from Zurich Hbf, with 460110 on the rear. 460003 was one of the handful of Re460’s I needed.

 

The journey to Brig was nothing short of a journey of napping. I noticed after Bern that 460003 was no longer with us and must have been removed at Bern during the stop. It was a good job I’d spotted the leading loco when we’d been rolling into Zurich on our overnight. As we approached Spiez, BLS Re420, 420501, was sat outside the station with a set. I assumed that it would be the set for RE4069 1136 Spiez – Zweisimmen, which had originally been part of the days planned move but the necessity to get rid of the big bags took precedence and I’d have to hope 420501 stayed out for the next couple of days, as it was my last BLS Re420.

 

At Brig, we didn’t have a massive amount of time to get to the hotel and back before we needed to be on the 1158 Brig – Geneve Aeroport, to Montreux. Our hotel of choice in Brig has always been the Good Night Inn but on this occasion, we’d had to settle for somewhere else, that was until only a week before our trip the Good Night Inn released some rooms to Booking.com; at which point the original hotel was cancelled and the Good Night Inn was snapped up instead. Ever since we’d planned the trip I’d been regularly checking to see if the Good Night Inn had released any rooms as their main clientele is tour groups and they don’t always cater to the stand-alone guest. I was glad we’d managed to get in though and even though we couldn’t check in at 1115 when we arrived, we could leave our bags in the hotel reception until we got back that evening.

 

Back at Brig shack 460109 was poised to work IR1718 1158 Brig – Geneve Aeroport and the journey through to Montreux in 1st class was relaxing, which was the very reason for buying a 1st class Interrail in the first place. However, we’d be using 2nd class Swiss Passes from the following day as the discounts were greater on the mountain railways and the Interrail wasn’t valid on the likes of Schynige Platte Bahn at all. At Visp MGB HGe4/4II #1 was sat waiting to depart with 233 1208 Visp – Zermatt.

 

On arrival at Montreux it was all happening, MOB GDe4/4 6002 had just arrived with 2217 1105 Zweisimmen – Montreux and classmate 6005 shunted the stock off it across into the adjacent platform and then formed 3126 1344 Montreux – Zweisimmen. Having only ever had one MOB GDe4/4, 6002, it should have been like shooting fish in a barrel for me and when 6005 turned up at Chernex with 2119 1225 Zweisimmen – Montreux, it was! And that was us back on track with what would have been the original move, when we arrived back at Montreux.

 

The very reason for being at Montreux was to do the La Belle Epoque Summer service operated by MOB twice a day from Montreux to Rochers de Naye. This service had been re-introduced in 2017 after a good 4-5 years absent. The guard of the train told me this had been to allow MOB to overhaul the open-air coaches that were used on the service. MOB had also just taken delivery of two new Hem2/2 electric box locos, No’s 11 & 12 and on this occasion No.11 was the train loco and was affixed to the Montreux end of the two coaches. The guard on board was quite friendly but when I asked what time it departed, that was my downfall as far as chinging out goes. After he told me, he asked to see our tickets and when I flashed the Interrail tickets he told me they weren’t valid. When I pulled my Swiss Passes out though, he told me they were only valid half way up the line and that we’d have to pay the add-on if we wanted to go to Rochers de Naye. I gladly handed over a CHF50 note, which I got less than CFH2 change from, as the Swiss Passes he’d told me were valid so far, didn’t actually start until the following day, so his offer of part payment was way better than shelling out the full amount with the Interrails not being valid.

 

The booked 1417 Montreux – Rochers de Naye service ran up the line in front of us, despite our train having a 1415 departure time, and we followed it all the way to Rochers de Naye, on block. People from the service train transferred to the La Belle Epoque at Montreux, when they realised there was no additional charge and most sat in the open-air coach. We were sensible about things and set in the coach with closing doors as the weather looked set to turn during the afternoon and it looked quite misty up in the hills. It was a sensible move too as half way up the weather changed completely and it turned cold, at Rochers de Naye it was only about 6 degrees and I’d not brought a coat with me; it was at home in Doncaster! The mist also ended up blocking the view from Rochers de Naye, so other than getting photos of the train and feeding the local marmots, there was nothing to do other than keep warm in the café for the hour we had there.

 

The La Belle Epoque set laid over an hour at Rochers de Naye and then preceded the 1611 Rochers de Naye – Montreux service train back down the hill. Needless to say, there were only a few people on the train because of the poor weather. The guard had told us earlier that as the weather forecast was poor for the next two days the La Belle Epoque service wouldn’t be running at all, so beware.

 

As the little No.11 rolled into Montreux, so did a nice shiny new EMU with 2225 1505 Zweisimmen – Montreux. 2234 1744 Montreux – Zweisimmen was hauled though but I didn’t see by what. When Re4/4 11299 rolled in with IR1927 1620 Geneve Aeroport – Sion, it topped the day off nicely as it was one of my last two passenger Re4/4’s. 460082 followed behind it with IR1829 1650 Geneve Aeroport – Brig and upon arrival we headed straight to the hotel to get checked in.

 

The rooms at the Good Night Inn are pretty standard but are at least sizeable. They don’t offer much on the mod-con front but there is shower gel provided, Ibis style, and the rooms have always been clean when we’ve stayed. Unfortunately, the one we had was on the front and offered views of the town and not the mountains like those on the other side of the building did.

 

Having dumped our bags, we headed to the Channa restaurant, which was our usual haunt when in Brig, a were ready for a decent meal by the time it arrived. It’s always fun watching the pizza chef at the Channa and on this particular night we were right in front of him and he was quite busy as well. The food was as good as always and we left with our appetite’s appeased.

 

The weather had taken a drastic turn by the time we got back to Brig and it was raining quite hard. This dampened our plans for the following day as we’d originally planned to head out to Fiesch and up to Eggishorn to have a look at the Aletsch Glacier during the Summer. The weather forecast told us to do otherwise as it was going to be cloudy all day and never get above 0 degrees! Which is always a good thing when you don’t have a coat with you! So, we had no real plan for the following day when we went to bed but did at least plan to get up at a reasonable time to cover all bases.

 

 

Gen for Wednesday 9th August 2017

Austria (OBB)
1116242 RJ898 0632 Linz Hbf – Klagenfurt Hbf

Switzerland
SBB
11233/11133 EN466 2127 Wien Hbf – Zurich Hbf (from Buchs)
11134 on shed poised for EN464
11114 IR2260 0742 St Gallen – Basel (to Zurich)
11159 R3330 1748 Domodossola – Brig
460xxx IR2260 0742 St Gallen – Basel (from Zurich)
421392 EC193 0747 Basel – St Gallen (from Zurich)
460003/460110 T&T IC810 0740 Romanshorn – Brig (Ersatzug to Zurich and then start Plat 13) 460003 detached during reversal at Bern
460110 IC812 1149 Brig – Romanshorn
460109 IR1718 1158 Brig – Geneve Aeroport
460082 IR1827 1550 Geneve Aeroport – Brig

BLS
420501 at Spiez for 4069 1136 Spiez – Zweisimmen
485019 at Spiez with a train of lorries and a coach behind the engine for the drivers
164, 174, 176, 186 on Spiez Shed

MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn)
EMU 228 1108 Visp – Zermatt
1 233 1208 Visp – Zermatt
105 spare in Visp station
51 533 0937 Andermatt – Visp, 534 1208 Visp – Andermatt
55 359 1729 Fiesch – Zermatt
xx 530 1108 Visp – Andermatt
21, 23, 96 on shed at Brig

MOB
6001 2119 1225 Zweisimmen – Montreux, 2228 1444 Montreux – Zweisimmen
6002 2217 1105 Zweisimmen – Montreux then station pilot
6005 3126 1344 Montreux – Zweisimmen
xxxx 2234 1744 Montreux – Zweisimmen (hauled set in Platform 5)
EMU 2225 1505 Zweisimmen – Montreux
11 1015 Montreux – Rochers de Naye, 1315 Rochers de Naye – Montreux, 1415 Montreux – Rochers de Naye, 1615 Rochers de Naye – Montreux (La Belle Epoque Summer Specials)

 

Moves for Wednesday 9th August 2017

2070036 Linz Hbf Platform 3 Linz Hbf Platform 4 EN462 2040 (08/08) Budapest Keleti – Munchen Hbf
1116060 Linz Hbf Salzburg Hbf
1163008 Salzburg Hbf Platform ? Salzburg Hbf Platform ?
1116045 Salzburg Hbf Buchs SG EN466 2127 (08/08) Wien Hbf – Zurich Hbf
1116078 Innsbruck Hbf Buchs GG
11233 Buchs SG Zurich Hbf
11133
460003 Zurich Hbf Bern IC810 0740 Romanshorn – Brig
460110 Zurich Hbf Brig
460109 Brig Montreux IR1718 1158 Brig – Geneve Aeroport
6005 Montreux Chernex 3126 1344 Montreux – Zweisimmen
6001 Chernex Montreux 2119 1225 Zweisimmen – Montreux
11 Montreux Rochers de Naye 1415 Montreux – Rochers de Naye
11 Rochers de Naye Montreux 1615 Rochers de Naye – Montreux
11299 Montreux Sion IR1927 1620 Geneve Aeroport – Sion
460082 Sion Brig IR1829 1650 Geneve Aeroport – Brig

 

Photos from Wednesday 9th August 2017

 

Thursday 10th August 2017 (Switzerland – a wasted day thanks to shocking Summer weather)

 

Breakfast at the Good Night Inn is always fun, especially if you’re a people watcher. The breakfast itself is about as basic as they come though, with bread, cheese, meat and cereals. There’s nothing hot at all, other than hot drinks. Looking out of the window though, hot drinks were going to be needed as it was hammering it down. Needless to say, a quick check of the Eggishorn weather and webcam confirmed that we shouldn’t go anywhere near it for the next couple of days. So, with a shirt acting as a coat over my t-shirt, we headed to the station, trying to keep dry under the shop awnings on the way. Danielle, you see, is sensible and she had her pack-a-mack with her so she kept dry. It wasn’t a great walk to the station for me though.

 

I realised the error of my ways as soon as EC50 to Basel was announced and soon afterwards the EMU that formed it rolled in from Milano Centrale. It wasn’t the first time I’ve been caught out by my own stupidity and it probably won’t be the last, but at least on this occasion there were alternative options towards Spiez and rather than wait for IC815 0949 Brig – Romanshorn at Brig, we did MGB Deh4/4I #51 to Visp on 525 0737 Andermatt – Visp and waited for it there instead. MGB HGe4/4II #4 was waiting to go when we arrived, with 226 0837 Visp – Zermatt; I quickly figured out what it would do later and factored into the afternoon move on the way back to Brig.

 

With the weather being as crap as it was, there was nowhere to go that wouldn’t be a waste of time, where we wouldn’t get wet and wouldn’t be cold; so, a day of messing about on trains would have to suffice and at least we’d keep warm and dry on board. There was a loose plan to the madness, which would initially involve covering the two BLS Re420 turns at Spiez, in the hope that 420501 would rear its head. Latterly we’d head to Bern to view the BLS Re465 turns on the La Chaux-de-Fonds services we’d already decided we’d do lunch at a pasta takeaway we’d enjoyed before at Bern station; so off we set with 460110 on IC815 and by the time we emerged from the tunnels near Frütigen we got a real taste of the good old Swiss Summer weather. There was even fresh snow of the mountains!

 

At Spiez, rather than hang around until 1136, there was a quick out and back Re460 move to Interlaken West and back, which turned out to be a good move on my part. It was 460076 out on IC963 0859 Basel – Interlaken Ost for new 460098 back on IC968 1100 Interlaken Ost – Basel. This dropped us into BLS 420502 on RE4069 1136 Spiez – Interlaken, which we did to Erlenbach im Simmental and festered around for 15 minutes for the opposing working. The last time I’d done the same move it should have been Re425 for Re425 but it turned out to be Re425 for EMU; and just like then, it was pissing it down the whole time we waited. Thankfully, this time though BLS 420501 appeared out of the gloom with RE4068 1138 Zweisimmen – Interlaken Ost and we headed towards Bern with 460076 on EC6 1200 Interlaken Ost – Hamburg Altona, with me already feeling positive about the day.

 

Things improved at Bern when we made the -1 onto RE3922 1253 Bern – La Chaux-de-Fonds with BLS 465002 and the early afternoon was capped when BLS 465012 did the honours back from Neuchatel with RE3925 1302 Chaux-de-Fonds – Bern. As IC818 1140 Romanshorn – Brig was a little late we had time to nip downstairs, before it arrived, to get some pasta. Unfortunately, the pasta shop had closed down and its space was no occupied by another fast-food outlet. The Chinese takeaway a little further along did the trick though and the food was very good.

 

460060 whisked us back through the hills to Visp, where it had at least stopped raining. The idea for the afternoon was to do the 1508 Visp – Zermatt out to Stalden-Saas for MGB HGe4/4II #4 back in and even that move revealed more than I’d expected as HGe4/4II #106 was sat with 245 1508 Visp – Zermatt when we arrived and it too was a winner! Sure enough, HGe4/4II #4 arrived into Stalden-Saas as predicted with 250 1437 Zermatt – Visp and really did top the afternoon off nicely. I thought I’d had the last laugh, courtesy of the weather, but the day would ultimately have the last laugh and all I’d be was simply, confused!

 

Randomly Danielle had to be back in time to have a telephone interview for a job back home in the UK and I’d planned to be at Brig to photograph MGB’s HGe4/4I #36 as it passed through with RhB’s Swiss Alps Classic Special from St Moritz to Zermatt via the DFB route from Realp to Oberwald. All the photos of it running earlier in the year had #36 working the train from Disentis so I had no cause to doubt that it would on this particular date. What I never banked on though, was the train not showing up at all!

 

When we arrived into Brig Bahnhofplatz with MGB Deh4/4II #95 on 550 1608 Visp – Andermatt, MGB’s Deh4/4I #32 was sat in the station area. I assumed was so the two 1947 built machines could sit side by side while it’s classmate passed through with its special train. Taking into consideration that the special was timed to be at Brig at 1748, when Deh4/4I #55 arrived with 359 1729 Fiesch – Zermatt and sat around the back, I assumed #36 would drop by at any point. After 554 1708 Visp – Andermatt departed, with a nice shiny new EMU, the coaches it had detached in the platform were propelled to Brig shed by #32, and #55 followed it with 359; which left me a bit puzzled but still, I just thought the train was late. No fear though, as #32 reappeared about 30 minutes later and with every points movement in the station I thought my luck was in but it would just end up being for another booked train movement. #32 ended up doing the same as it had done 60 minutes previous, when the next EMU departed with 558 1808 Visp – Andermatt and depositing coaches in the platform; and when it shunted them back towards the depot I pretty much gave up on the hope that #36 would show its face. In fact, the only thing out of the ordinary, as #32 is a regular shunt loco at Brig, was Deh4/4I #23 running through the station with a short engineer’s train with Tem2/2 4971 dead in the consist; which was later seen shunting stock at Andermatt. So, an hour after the Swiss Alp Classic Express was due, I called it a day and headed back to the hotel. Even Danielle’s telephone interview had been cut short, simply because she was out of the country when the assessment days were and the positions would start before she got back off her next holiday, three weeks later!

 

Another good meal was had at the Channa restaurant that night, during which we discussed our option for the following day. Again, the weather didn’t look good, so we’d definitely not be heading anywhere near the Aletsch Glacier again, so we ended up resigning ourselves to the fact that we’d end up doing Schynige Platte Bahn as booked, despite the crappy weather forecast of fog, rain and snow, with a high of 2 degrees at Schynige Platte! At least we’d be on trains again though and it wouldn’t cost us anything to get to Schynige Platte & return with our Swiss Passes. That was the issue with Eggishorn, the gondolas cost money, albeit 50% less with the Swiss Pass but it’s still paying out for no reason if the weather’s crap when you get there!

 

 

Gen for Thursday 10th August 2017

SBB
11133 at Bern 1300 with an EWII DVT
11158 Brig – Iselle car trains
11161 IR3329 1644 Brig – Domodossola
11197 stabled at Brig on push-pull set 0900
460040 IR1814 0928 Brig – Geneve Aeroport
460110 IC815 0949 Brig – Romanshorn, IC822 1340 Romanshorn – Brig
460039 IR1711 0720 Geneve Aeroport – Brig
460000 IC1063 0831 Basel – Brig, IC1080 1720 Brig – Basel
460076 IC963 0859 Basel – Interlaken Ost, EC6 1200 Interlaken Ost – Hamburg-Altona
460098 IC968 1100 Interlaken Ost – Basel
460106 IC1065 0931 Basel – Interlaken Ost
460066 IC817 1049 Brig – Romanshorn
460048 IC965 0959 Basel – Interlaken Ost
460052 IC819 1149 Brig – Romanshorn
460085 IC716 1025 St Gallen – Geneve Aeroport
460115 IR2519 1100 Geneve Aeroport – Luzern
460018 IR2520 1200 Luzern – Geneve Aeroport
460060 IC816 1040 Romanshorn – Brig
460039 IR1723 1320 Geneve Aeroport – Brig, IR1828 1628 Brig – Geneve Aeroport
460069 IC820 1240 Romanshorn – Brig
460004 IR1 1728 Brig – Geneve Aeroport
460077 at Brig 1700 with Radio Measurement train

MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn)
3 GEX905 1002 St Moritz – Zermatt
4 226 0837 Zermatt – Visp, 225 1008 Visp – Zermatt, 250 1437 Zermatt – Visp, 249 1608 Visp – Zermatt
101 GEX900 0752 Zermatt – St Moritz, GEX903 0902 St Moritz – Zermatt
106 245 1508 Visp – Zermatt
23 through Brig at 1735 with an engineer’s train (Tem2/2 4971 dit)
51 525 0737 Andermatt – Visp, 526 1008 Visp – Andermatt, 545 1237 Andermatt – Visp, 546 1508 Visp – Andermatt
55 352 1513 Zermatt – Fiesch, 359 1729 Fiesch – Zermatt
93 522 0908 Visp – Andermatt, 561 1637 Andermatt – Visp
95 749 1538 Brig Bahnhofplatz- Visp, 550 1608 Visp – Andermatt
EMU 323 0829 Fiesch – Zermatt
EMU 554 1708 Visp – Andermatt
EMU 557 1537 Andermatt – Visp
EMU 558 1808 Visp – Andermatt
Tem2/2 #74 MGB pilot at Visp
#32 shunt 2 coaches off the rear of 554 to shed and then 2 off rear of 558 to shed

BLS
420501 RE4068 1138 Zweisimmen – Interlaken Ost
420502 RE4069 1136 Spiez – Zweisimmen
465002 RE3925 1302 La Chaux-de-Fonds – Bern
465006 RE3923 1202 La Chaux-de-Fonds – Bern, RE3924 1353 Bern – La Chaux-de-Fonds
465012 RE3922 1253 Bern – La Chaux-de-Fonds

 

 

Moves for Thursday 10th August 2017

51 Brig Bahnhofplatz Visp 525 0737 Andermatt – Visp
460110 Visp Spiez IC815 0949 Brig – Romanshorn
460076 Spiez Interlaken West IC963 0859 Basel – Interlaken Ost
460098 Interlaken West Spiez IC968 1100 Interlaken Ost – Basel
420502 Spiez Erlenbach im Simmental RE4069 1136 Spiez – Zweisimmen
420501 Erlenbach im Simmental Spiez RE4068 1138 Zweisimmen – Interlaken Ost
460076 Spiez Bern EC6 1200 Interlaken Ost – Hamburg Altona
465002 Bern Neuchatel RE3922 1253 Bern – La Chaux-de-Fonds
465012 Neuchatel Bern RE3925 1302 La Chaux-de-Fonds – Bern
460060 Bern Visp IC818 1140 Romanshorn – Brig
106 Visp Stalden-Saas 245 1508 Visp – Zermatt
4 Stalden-Saas Visp 250 1437 Zermatt – Vsip
95 Visp Brig Bahnhofplatz 550 1608 Visp – Andermatt

 

Photos from Thursday 10th August 2017

 

Friday 11th August 2017 (Schynige Platte – snowing in August!)

 

Having originally planned this day to involve the BLS Re420 turns on the Golden Pass route, as I’d now had 420501 there wasn’t as great a necessity to be specific with trains so we set out earlier than originally planned to Schynige Platte. This way we could make something of the afternoon if we had time. At least it wasn’t raining in Brig when we left the hotel but it was quite cold and seemed set to be colder than the previous day, with temperatures not looking likely to get above 12 degrees at normal levels, let alone 2000m up a mountain! The temperature at Schynige Platte when we set off was a brisk -2!

 

460110 was becoming a bit of an annoyance when it graced us with its presence for the third day in a row, this time working IC811 0749 Brig – Romanshorn. We did it through to Spiez for the short wait for 460025 with IC959 0659 Basel – Interlaken Ost and at Interlaken Ost the BOB train crew were directing people from all the connecting trains, to the correct portion of BOB’s 0908 departure from Interlaken Ost, which has portions for Grindelwald & Lauterbrunnen; with the Grindelwald portion always leading from Interlaken Ost. 247 0908 Interlaken Ost – Grindelwald was formed of BOB ABeh4/4 #313 and stock, whereas 147 0908 Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen was formed of new ABDeh8/8’s #324/#323. We sat in the heritage set for the short distance to Wilderswil and were treated to some entertainment along the way, thanks to a Chinese guy who hadn’t filled the date of his EU Rail Pass in. From the conversation we could overhear, he only had one box left and refused to fill it in. When told he had to pay for his journey, he then refused to pay for the trip and revisited the EU Rail Pass option, but still refused to fill it in! He was quite understanding his options now, was he? Unfortunately, we didn’t see the outcome of the fiasco as Wilderswil was upon us all too soon.

 

It was a bit grim at Wilderswil, the miserable cold morning, coupled with the rain would have any sane person that had to guess at the time of year from a photo, saying it was Autumn or early Winter; it bloody felt like it. The Schynige Platte Bahn (SPB) train shed at least provided some shelter from the rain, if not the cold. The lady who was there to make sure people got on the right trains on the SPB told us that the train wasn’t in yet, so all the sets in the shed were marshalled with locos but weren’t going anywhere soon. The open-air set definitely wouldn’t be out to play with the weather how it was!

 

A quick scan around revealed original SPB1914 built He2/2’s 11, 12, 13 & 14 in the train shed marshalled with sets. The body of He2/2 #16 was mounted on a flat wagon in the yard and we later found out that it’s internals were inside the shed on overhaul, as were ex WAB 1910 built He2/2’s 61 & 63. #62 was marshalled on a set in the train shed and another recently acquired ex WAB He2/2 was dumped in the yard, minus anything that would identify it; at least on the outside anyway. I was later told by an SPB driver that the loco had been bought by the SPB for spares only and had been stripped. It was now awaiting disposal. Also inside the main shed was the SPB’s 1894 built steam loco No.5, which the relied upon heavily during the season start-up and season closure as it was the only thing they could use to work the electrification trains north of Breitlauenen. At the end of each season the overhead cabling and masts are taken down for the Winter and put back up again pre-season. If the railway doesn’t take them down themselves, the Winter avalanches will.

 

To confuse matters, when 1910 built He2/2 #19 arrived into Wilderswil with 632 0821 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil, immediately behind was classmate #20; which then formed our 647 0925 Wilderswil – Schynige Platte while #19 was held back to form 649 1005 Wilderswil – Schynige Platte. We were grateful of small mercies when we got on, the fact that the coaches had very good heaters! There were only a handful of people on our train when we departed and tickets were checked at Wilderswil before departure. The lady gripping, who had full Winter gear on and her hood up in the rain, seemed concerned that I’d only got a shirt on and advised us that it was snowing in Schynige Platte. The perils of assuming that August would bring with it glorious sunny weather……

 

When we didn’t cross anything at Breitlauenen we assumed that due to the bad weather and the poor patronage of the train, that the second trip up the mountain had been terminated at Breitlauenen and had followed the set that it would have crossed there straight back down to Wilderswil; that’s the only way I can explain how things had unfolded. The little He2/2 was doing a grand job of pushing us up the mountain and despite the dismal weather the journey was quite atmospheric. After we left the cowbells behind at the cozy Breitlauenen station, the drizzle soon turned to fine snow and then to proper snow and well before we reached Schynige Platte it was a white-out with a covering of snow blanketing the whole area. Don’t get me wrong, we got to Switzerland during the Winter as we like snow and I wasn’t really complaining about it at this point either; but it was supposed to be Summer for god’s sake!

 

So, there I was rushing around at Schynige Platte, in a blizzard, to get some photos of #20 before it headed back down to Wilderswil. It was utterly surreal to be wandering around in snow in August, let alone to be wandering around in snow with only a t-shirt & shirt on, with trainer on my feet! Needless to say, after #20 departed for Wilderswil, without us on board, we took sanctuary in the museum building and huddled by the heater to keep warm. Inside the museum room, mounted on the wall were the original number plate and works plate from He2/2 #17, along with a whole host of other relics inside glass display cabinets. There was also a video playing in a loop, which showed the overheads and masts being taken down at the end of the Summer, with the SPB’s steam loco doing the honours with the works train. We made use of the 40 minutes we had there to keep warm, and to use the station facilities; which were the polar opposite of warm and were exposed to the elements.

 

We were grateful when #19 showed up as we’d read a notice at Schynige Platte that said services would be subject to cancellation during periods of poor weather and one train was already shown as being cancelled in the early afternoon. There were four people on board 642 1101 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil when #19 got the train under way and thankfully the heating worked well. At Breitlauenen #18 was sat in awaiting our arrival, so it could continue up the hill. Trains always make coming up the hill at Breitlauenen as the train going downhill waits at the top end of the loop for passengers to detrain from the northbound service, before drawing down to do the same. As we were planning to get off at Breitlauenen to wait for No.18 to come back down the hill, I got the attention of the guard on No.18’s set as we enter the top end of the loop and gestured that we wanted to hop over from the southbound to the northbound service. It seems that my gestures were interpreted merely as though we wanted to get off at Breitlauenen and the guard got back on her train and waved No.18 away; and then waved at me as she went by! So, we then had a 40-minute wait at Breitlauenen for No.18 to come back down the hill.

 

On a good day, the views down the valley from Breitlauenen would be great, on a day like it was, with the cloud and rain, it wasn’t even worth looking. Even though it was only raining at Breitlauenen, and we’d left the snow behind some way up the mountain, it didn’t feel any warmer and thankfully the station building has a café, which the station master allowed us to sit in while we waited. Her two dogs were intrigued by us, as were we by the building itself, which was heated by the coal burning fire the station master had stoked moments after we’d entered the building. It seemed her duties were endless as she’d been operating the points for the trains to pass, had asked if we’d wanted anything in the café and was the only person around who could sell tickets in the station’s booking office.

 

When the time came, I went outside to photograph the next northbound arriving and as soon as I clapped eyes on it, I knew the guard misinterpreting my gestures would likely cost me as it wasn’t No.20 arriving as I’d expected, it was ex WAB He2/2 No.62. Which had we managed to leap across to No.18 on arrival 40 minutes earlier then we’d have been getting off it when it arrived shortly, to wait for No.62 to head back down to Wilderswil. No.18 sufficed for the time being though and I soon worked out what No.62 should do next.

 

Upon arrival into Wilderswil, No.18 was shunted to the back of the line with No.20 now being first up for 659 1245 Wilderswil – Schynige Platte and No.19 next for 663 1325 Wilderswil – Schynige Platte. This is where I got talking to one of the drivers, who took me around the shed quickly, as he had to work the 1245 departure to Schynige Platte. He confirmed that No.62 would stand down when it got back as it was only diagrammed one return trip. Each loco can only do two round trips before having to sit one out and be allowed to cool down. This results in at least 4 locos and sets being used, even if there is only one set being used per trip. Obviously, the turns will change if return trips are knocked out of the timetable, like they had been on this day. They will also change if more than one set has to be used due to heavy loadings. Even on days when the weather is crap, more than one set can be used on a trip if there are group bookings; and my driver ate told me that there had been a trip the previous day that had required 3 sets to be used, even though the weather had been pretty much the same that day. We did hang around to watch No.62 arrive with 648 1221 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil and it then shunted onto shed; which was our cue to do one.

 

Our conveyance back to Interlaken Ost was BOB’s ABeh4/4 310 & stock and EMU ABDeh8/8 #326 coupled for the run into Interlaken but forming 448 1249 Grindelwald – Interlaken Ost & 348 1201 Kleine Scheidegg – Interlaken Ost respectively. At Interlaken Ost, I clapped eyes on 460058, sat over the back of the station, which would do nicely as it was now one of my last 3 Re460’s. The grand plan for the afternoon became to cover the BLS Re420 turns and head over to Zweisimmen on one, do a fill-in move on the MOB hauled trains towards Montreux and then head back to Spiez and then back to Brig. BLS had other ideas though and having done 460058 on IC974 1400 Interlaken Ost – Basel, all the way to Interlaken West, they presented us with an EMU on RE4072 1338 Zweisimmen – Interlaken Ost; which we knew was coming thanks to the display on the electronic departure boards. That put the cat amongst the pigeons, as far as a move was concerned, as the next trains towards Spiez were an ICE and then the BLS EMU returning to Zweisimmen; so, the ICE it would have to be, which at least was a proper set with power-cars.

 

While waiting at Interlaken West, I wondered down to the ferry terminal as a rather heritage looking paddle steamer had arrived while we were waiting. Randomly, the 1906 built DS Blümlisalp became our mode of transport back to Spiez! All the ferries on Lake Thun are operated by BLS and Swiss Passes are valid on them, free of additional charge; so, on we walked. Initially we plonked ourselves on the upper deck, ignoring the signs for “1st class only” as we walked up the stairs, only to be sent back down to pleb class when tickets were checked. Which was a better place to sit anyway as it was warmed downstairs. The Blümlisalp operates on the same timetable on certain days during the week and only in the Summer months, all the details of which can be found in the BLS ferry timetable (Schiff fahrplan). Food is served on board, on both the upper and lower decks, and you can sit in the heart of the ship and watch the pistons down below, or watch the paddles go around through the portholes in the sides of the it. There are plenty of viewing platforms around the ship but during our trip it seemed that most people were born in a barn and had absolutely no respect for others around them; after all it was still quite cool outside.

 

The views of Spiez Castle, as we came in to dock, were good and you have to walk by it to get back to Spiez station; which is up a steady incline all the way and takes about 25 minutes to walk. There is a bus that goes from the ferry terminal to the station, for those that prefer not to walk. As with everything in Switzerland, the DS Blümlisap docked bang on time at Spiez and wasn’t so much as a minute late at any of the stops during our journey from Interlaken West.

 

It was very nice of SBB to present me with my penultimate Re460, 460006 on IC824 1440 Romanshorn – Brig, for the journey back to Brig. I’d seen it a couple of days earlier on the circuit and had hoped it would get thrown my way. Back at Brig, it was time to pack our stuff up as we’d be moving on, ultimately to Chur, the following day. Over dinner at Channa, we discussed the merits of getting off the MGB at Fiesch on the way and heading up to Eggishorn. The weather forecast was set to improve from the following day but there was chance of cloud at altitude until the late afternoon. We decided to chance it though, but not to jeopardise the afternoon plans, which were to cover the length of the Damfbahn Furka Bergstrecke (DFB) from Oberwald to Realp, which goes over the Furka hills as opposed to the MGB which uses the Furka Base Tunnel to go through them; with the latter replacing the former as the main line through the Furka when it opened on 25th June 1982, which then allowed year-round service between Brig & Andermatt.

 

 

Gen for Friday 11th August 2017

SBB
11172 stabled at Brig on push-pull set 0730
460110 IC811 0749 Brig – Romanshorn
460040 IR1707 0520 Geneve Aeroport – Brig
460025 IC959 0659 Basel – Interlaken Ost
460044 IC1069 1131 Basel – Interlaken Ost, IC1074 1430 Interlaken Ost – Basel
460058 IC974 1400 Interlaken Ost – Basel
460116 IC1078 1630 Interlaken Ost – Basel
460024 IC1077 1531 Basel – Interlaken Ost
460107 IC980 1700 Interlaken Ost – Basel
460066 IC829 1649 Brig – Romanshorn
460101 IC977 1559 Basel – Interlaken Ost
460006 IC824 1440 Romanshorn – Brig
460109 IR1832 1828 Brig – Geneve Aeroport

BLS
420501 ecs through Spiez at 1730 and onto shed
420502 RE4065 0908 Interlaken Ost – Zweisimmen, RE4081 1708 Interlaken Ost – Zweisimmen
EMU (vice Re420) RE4072 1338 Zweisimmen – Interlaken Ost

MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn)
1 257 1808 Visp – Zermatt
xx 359 1729 Fiesch – Zermatt
9x 558 1808 Visp – Andermatt
EMU 513 0656 Fiesch – Visp, 518 0808 Visp – Andermatt

SPB (Schynige Platte Bahn)
18 638 0841 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil, 651 1045 Wilderswil – Schynige Platte, 646 1141 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil, break
19 632 0821 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil, 649 1005 Wilderswil – Schynige Platte, 642 1101 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil, break, 663 1325 Wilderswil – Schynige Platte
20 followed 19 in on 632 0821 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil, 647 0925 Wilderswil – Schynige Platte, 640 1021 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil, break, 659 1245 Wilderswil – Schynige Platte
62 655 1125 Wilderswil – Schynige Platte, 648 1221 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil, break
Caped – 634 0901 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil, 657 1205 Wilderswil – Schynige Platte, 648 1221 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil (during bad weather some services are caped)
11, 12, 13, 14 at Wilderswil
61, 63 in shed on overhaul along with the insides of 16; the body of which was outside on a flat wagon
Steam #5 inside shed
Ex WAB He2/2 (No number) dumped outside – 12 months at SPB and now for scrap

 

 

Moves for Friday 11th August 2017

460110 Brig Spiez IC811 0749 Brig – Romanshorn
460025 Spiez Interlaken Ost IC959 0659 Basel – Interlaken Ost
313 Interlaken Ost Wilderswil 247 0908 Interlaken Ost – Grindelwald
324 147 0908 Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen
323
20 Wilderswil Schynige Platte 647 0925 Wilderswil – Schynige Platte
19 Schynige Platte Breitlauenen 642 1101 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil
18 Breitlauenen Wilderswil 646 1141 Schynige Platte – Wilderswil
310 Wilderswil Interlaken Ost 448 1249 Grindelwald – Interlaken Ost
326 348 1201 Kleine Scheidegg – Interlaken Ost
460058 Interlaken Ost Interlaken West IC974 1400 Interlaken Ost – Basel
Blümlisalp Interlaken West Spiez 16 1510 Interlaken West – Thun
460006 Spiez Brig IC824 1440 Romanshorn – Brig

 

Photos from Friday 11th August 2017

 

Saturday 12th August 2017 (Brig to Chur via Eggishorn and the DFB’s Oberwald-Realp line)

 

Not wanting to have an early start, as we’d have a late finish, we were up in plenty of time to allow for breakfast before heading to the station to do the 0938 departure from Brig Bahnhofplatz to Fiesch. Some of the MGB Andermatt services had been hit & miss with EMU’s, especially of an evening, but 522 0908 Visp – Andermatt had been hauled every day we’d seen it; hence us using that for our getaway from Brig. MGB Deh4/4II #94 had charge of 522 and there were plenty to board at Brig, with it being a Saturday morning. I was first through a door so managed to get the pick of the seats. It was announced, when the train was approaching, that 2 further coaches would be added to the rear on the train’s arrival and MGB HGe4/4II #104 was right behind the set to attach them. Of course, normals will be normals, and only half a dozen people stayed on the platform and were rewarded with a relaxing journey in an empty coach, for their common sense.

 

At Fiesch, quite a few folks got off and a few of those did the same walk through town as us, to the Fiesch – Fischeralp gondola, which takes people to the half-way point on the journey up to Eggishorn. It was shaping up to be a nice morning in Fiesch and the webcam we’d looked at for Eggishorn seemed to give positive pictures at the summit, not glorious sunshine but it wasn’t solid cloud either. With a Swiss Pass, there is a 50% discount on tickets on gondolas in the Aletsch Arena, as the area is known, and the return tickets to Eggishorn were CHF22.50 each. Thankfully we were just in time to make the 1040 gondola as they only run every 30 minutes at xx:10 & xx:40 from Fiesch.

 

The journey up towards Fischeralp was ok until we approached the terminating point, which was when we reached the cloud cover. When climbing mountains though, often the summit is above the cloud, so we weren’t too concerned at that point. As we climbed away from Fischeralp towards Eggishorn though, we realised that our journey was going to be a complete waste of time and when we got out at the top we couldn’t figure out how the webcam had showed what it had as there was a complete blanket of cloud covering the area and we couldn’t even see the glacier, which is only a short distance away in its valley. Visibility was probably 10m, if that, the ground was covered in snow, none of the pathways had been cleared an dit was -2 degrees outside! Eggishorn and the Aletsch Glacier was the sole reason we’d come to Switzerland in the height of Summer, having done it in the middle of Winter, in glorious weather I might add, we’d attempted to do it in May a few years ago and failed miserably as I hadn’t realised that the gondolas were out of service for a month at the end of the ski season. Now we’d failed again but this time were out of pocket for it; so, as they say, third time lucky……? I’ll be making sure there isn’t a hint of cloud the next time we attempt it, but we will attempt it again in Summer.

 

Onwards and upwards, or in this case, downwards, we were soon on the next gondola straight back to Fiesch, where it was ironically glorious and the sun was quite warm; not something we’d been used to in recent days. With time to kill before we needed to be in Oberwald, we passed the time by going through to Andermatt and then doubled back to Oberwald. We had MGB Deh4/4II #53 to Andermatt on 530 1108 Visp – Andermatt, which I’d made a mental note of as we’d seen it heading for Visp and knew it would return on the 1108 departure. At Hospental MGB’s adhesion only Ge4/4 #82 was stored on shed. Classmate #81 was seen on the Furka car shuttles, which run between Oberwald & Realp, with HGe4/4II #107 on the other turn.

 

At Andermatt, it was all go during the short time we spent there. Deh4/4II #53 was turn straight around to form 548 1337 Andermatt – Visp, so we stayed put. Deh4/4I #24 was attached to a set and stood on the curve round to Göschenen, Deh4/4I #22 arrived with 835 1214 Disentis – Andermatt and was turned straight back out on 840 1328 Andermatt – Disentis; it’s inbound set had an open-air coach attached to the rear, which was removed by Tem2/2 4971. Deh4/4II #51 worked in & out with 643 1311 Göschenen – Andermatt and 638 1329 Andermatt – Göschenen and finally Deh4/4II #92 was shunted in to form 640 1341 Andermatt – Göschenen.

 

Having passed through Oberwald on our way to Andermatt, we’d spotted DFB’s steam loco HG3/4 #9 waiting to depart with 154 1350 Oberwald – Realp and when we got back the only thing in sight was the little red HGm4/4 #61; on hire to DFB from MGB for the Summer. We bought our tickets for the DFB from the SFB shop across the way from the MGB Oberwald station. There is no ticket office at the DFB station at all, or any facilities either, so use them at the MGB station before you head via the underpass to the DFB station.

 

Tickets on the DFB are priced differently for trains operated with steam or diesel, with the diesel operated services being far cheaper than the steam operated ones. A single from Oberwald to Realp, on the diesel service, cost us CHF48 each. Of an afternoon, the diesel turn does the 1445 Oberwald – Gletsch and then sits there until forming the 1615 Gletsch – Realp. The 1445 Oberwald – Gletsch connects into the 1545 Gletsch – Realp steam service, which in turn crosses the 1430 Realp – Oberwald en-route, which has to reach Gletsch before the 1615 to Realp can depart.

 

On the journey from Oberwald to Gletsch, there were 3 people on board the train. The line immediately starts climbing from Oberwald and is onto rack railway almost straight away. It had turned into a glorious afternoon and the journey was very pleasant. At Gletsch though, despite the sunshine, it was quite breezy and cool. Steam loco HG2/3 #6 was being prepared to work 158 1515 Gletsch – Realp and the fecking thing covered both me and my camera in water as it set off; I was not impressed at all and those videoing it leaving could probably hear my cursing when they played them back later.

 

Steam loco HG3/4 #1 soon arrived with 157 1430 Realp – Oberwald and that was our cue to begin our ascent to Furka. The 1968 built HGm4/4 didn’t seem to be taxed on the hills as it twisted and turned on its way up. The Furka Pass road can be seen zig-zagging its way up the mountains, at various places, and it made sense, after seeing it, why the Furka car shuttles are so frequent and popular. At Furka itself the train waited time, which was predominantly used for the station staff to shut up shop and then travel through to Realp with the train. From Furka its downhill, all the way to Realp s we arrived the three steam locos (No’s 1, 6 & 9) were all being put to bed on shed; ready for another day’s work the following day.

 

The walk from Realp DFB station to Realp MGB station isn’t as straightforward as the one between the two corresponding stations at Oberwald. It takes about 10 minutes to do the walk and on the way, we saw MGB Ge4/4 #81 arrive with a Furka car shuttle from Oberwald. By the time we got to the station it was loading up and almost ready for the off. It eventually departed with only 3 cars on board!

 

We had the long journey ahead to Chur to look forward to at this point. It had been a good day, Eggishorn farce excepted, so we were looking forward to a relaxing journey. MGB HGe4/4II #101 did the honours to Andermatt with 550 1608 Visp – Andermatt, which I thought might be an EMU after it had been on previous days. I’d never seen an HGe4/4II on Andermatt services and at Andermatt, and Deh4/4II #92 was presented to us to work 860 1828 Andermatt – Disentis; and I’d never seen a Deh4/4II working the Andermatt – Disentis services either! #92 had worked in off 663 1811 Göschenen – Andermatt and was turned straight around to head to Disentis. We passed Deh4/4I #22 on the way, with 859 1814 Disentis – Andermatt, which had obviously been out all day. I’m pretty certain that the use of a Deh4/4I on the Andermatt – Disentis circuit is commonplace at this time of year, when 4 Glacier Express trains are running; so MGB can release enough HGe4/4II’s off the circuit to cover the turns.

 

At Disentis, we quickly scooted over to the RhB set waiting to depart as RE1768 1944 Disentis – Chur, which was headed by RhB Ge4/4II #627. This train, like the other two we’d used already from Realp, was empty and the journey towards Chur was as relaxing as they come. As we were staying at the Ibis Chur West, we used the Chur West request stop, instead of going into Chur itself, and walked the 10-15 minutes or so to the hotel; which is visible from the railway as trains approach Chur West from the Disentis direction.

 

I’d never used the Ibis at Chur before, which is well situated as far as food places go with a McDonalds immediately below it. The hotel is a funny shape for a hotel building but it works. I’d attempted to check in online a few times but the Ibis website was having none of it, so I feared the worst room wise. However, we were given a room at the back of the hotel, which is apparently where the rooms stay coolest in Summer, and it wasn’t overlooking McDonalds so would be quiet, the hotel receptionist told us. When I realised that none of the rooms in the Ibis Chur West had A/C, I understood why the receptionist was emphasizing the room at the back of the hotel being among the coolest in the hotel. It was a little warm but a breeze from the door, which opened onto a shared walkway balcony, soon cooled it enough. The room was typically Ibis and had everything you’d expect from an Ibis, other than A/C, and was clean.

 

We were lucky to have spotted a pizza restaurant on our way to the hotel and when we walked into the Ristorante Pizzeria La Piazza, the staff had to confirm with the manager that they’d still serve as it closed at 2200, 20 minutes after we walked in. There were only 4 other people in the place and they’d have been stupid to turn us away, although they did only allow us to have pizza from the menu; which was what we’d walked into a pizza restaurant for. The pizzas were prepared pretty quickly but weren’t up to much for a pizza restaurant.

 

I was glad to get to bed that night, it had been a long day and we’d covered a fair bit of ground; not to mention the testing time we’d had of a morning at Eggishorn. I couldn’t help but look at the webcam that evening and although it was clearer at the summit, I still couldn’t see the Aletsch Glacier as it panned around.

 

 

Gen for Saturday 12th August 2017

MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn)
2 GEX900 0752 Zermatt – St Moritz, GEX903 0902 St Moritz – Zermatt
5 GEX901 0802 St Moritz – Zermatt
101 550 1608 Visp – Andermatt
104 shunt 2 coaches to rear of 522 at Brig
107 Furka Car Train xx05 ex Realp, xx35 ex Oberwald
108 GEX904 0952 Zermatt – St Moritz
22 835 1214 Disentis – Andermatt, 840 1328 Andermatt – Disentis, 859 1814 Disentis – Andermatt
24 spare at Andermatt
51 643 1311 Göschenen – Andermatt, 638 1329 Andermatt – Göschenen, 658 1829 Andermatt – Göschenen
53 529 0837 Andermatt – Visp, 530 1108 Visp – Andermatt, 548 1337 Andermatt – Visp
81 Furka Car Train xx35 ex Realp, xx05 ex Oberwald
82 on shed at Hospental
91 545 1237 Andermatt – Visp
92 640 1341 Andermatt – Göschenen, 663 1811 Göschenen – Andermatt, 860 1828 Andermatt – Disentis
93 525 0737 Andermatt – Visp, 565 1737 Andermatt – Visp
94 522 0908 Visp – Andermatt, 541 1137 Andermatt – Visp
xx 534 1208 Visp – Andermatt
EMU 323 0829 Fiesch – Zermatt
EMU 327 0929 Fiesch – Zermatt
EMU 335 1129 Fiesch – Zermatt
EMU 537 1037 Andermatt – Visp
EMU 538 1308 Visp – Andermatt
Tem2/2 4971 shunt 1xcoach & 1xopen-air coach off rear of 835 on arrival at Andermatt

RhB (Rhätische Bahn)
615 RE1767 1741 Scuol-Tarasp – Disentis
627 RE1768 1944 Disentis – Chur
628 RE1765 1641 Scuol-Tarasp – Disentis

DFB (Dampfbahn Furka Bergstrecke)

Steam

#1 (Hg3/4) 157 1430 Realp – Oberwald

#6 (Hg2/3) 158 1515 Gletsch – Realp

#9 (Hg3/4) 154 1350 Oberwald – Realp

 

Diesel

#61 (On hire from MGB) 258 1445 Oberwald – Gletsch, 364 1615 Gletsch – Realp

 

 

Moves for Saturday 12th August 2017

94 Brig Bahnhofplatz Fiesch 522 0908 Visp – Andermatt
53 Fiesch Andermatt 530 1108 Visp – Andermatt
53 Andermatt Oberwald 548 1337 Andermatt – Visp
61 Oberwald DFB Gletsch 258 1445 Oberwald DFB – Gletsch
61 Gletsch Realp DFB 364 1615 Gletsch – Realp DFB
101 Realp Andermatt 550 1608 Visp – Andermatt
92 Andermatt Disentis 860 1828 Andermatt – Disentis
627 Disentis Chur West RE1768 1944 Disentis – Chur

 

Photos from Saturday 12th August 2017

 

Sunday 13th August 2017 (A day out to Samedan with RhB Crocodile #414)

 

As breakfast at the Ibis was something like CFH15 per person, we gave it a miss and would get some bits from Chur station instead. We walked to the station and did RE1720 0744 Disentis – Scuol-Tarasp into Chur. The idea for the day was to do RhB’s Summer Sunday operated Landquart – Samedan, which is booked to be worked by one of the two RhB Ge6/6I crocodiles, #414 or #415, with heritage coaches and open-air vehicles too. My money was on #414 before it even arrived as everyone that had seen it during the Summer of 2017 had reported #414 as working it; and #414 it was! Those turning up for the last trip of the season two weeks later were bowled by Ge6/6II #702 vice the crocodile, which confirmed my suspicion that RhB only have one of their three heritage locos in service at the moment. I am quite surprised that they didn’t use one of their Ge4/4’s, which have been getting about during the Summer and even working Glacier Express trains.

 

2137 0855 Landquart – Samedan, which I even found listed on the EU Rail App, after I’d asked the guard for the train numbers, was formed with 2 coaches, a buffet coach and 2 open coaches at the rear. As everyone was sat in the open-air coaches, there was plenty of room inside the train. We were soon relieved of the CHF10 supplement, which is compulsory to travel on the train and allows unlimited travel on the train in both directions. This supplement has gone down from CHF12, which it had been when I’d done the train a couple of years previous. The guard on board was brilliant, spoke fluent English, was very outgoing and even gave me her docket at the end of the day, with all the train running details on it. The crocodile behaved itself on the way down, although we were late by the time we got to Samedan but that was due to waiting for late running trains at the booked crossing places which resulted in us being a little out of path. Despite the normal carriages being empty, the whole train ended up being crammed into them when the train passed through the Albula Tunnel; all of whom had been travelling in open-air coaches with coats and scarves on as it wasn’t really Summer temperatures outside, even though the sun was out. At Preda & Spinas the whole of the area surrounding the stations had changed with the ongoing construction works to build a new Albula Tunnel, requiring stone to be transferred out of the bore and then away by train; both places were like construction sites, even though technically they were being used to deconstruct something. In 2021, the new Albula Tunnel is scheduled to be opened and will completely replace the old, 1903 built tunnel, which RhB are going to convert into safety tunnels.

 

Samedan doesn’t offer a great deal in the shape of things to do and there just wasn’t the time to do any of the things that are in the neighbouring region so we did the first Pontresina bound train to the request stop of Punt Muragl, to go and get some gen for a future trip. There’s a funicular railway that runs from just outside Punt Muragl RhB station, up to Muottas Muragl; atop of the hill there are views of everywhere around, including St Moritz, Samedan & Pontresina. We only had about 10 minutes for our smash and grab gen sortie but we were in and out in no time and had plenty of time to get to the request stop button back on Punt Muragl RhB station, to make sure the set returning from Pontresina stopped. While we were waiting for our own red train, which was RhB Ge4/4II #617, we watched a red funicular train start its descent from Muottas Muragl. It was definitely one on the list for next time and while scanning through the gen we’d just collected, we found out that many hotels in the area offer free c to ride on the local public transport, including funicular railways and the various gondolas in the surrounding area and even on RhB service trains between certain local points.

 

There wasn’t a great deal open in Samedan of a Sunday afternoon and we missed the boat at the restaurant outside the station, mostly due to our wondering around the place trying to find a supermarket that was A, open, or B, sold something hot for lunch. By the time we got back to the station though, the shop on the platform had just replenished its hot counter, so all was good and we used the confines of the train to munch away.

 

By the 1425 departure time most people had loaded themselves into the open-air coaches again, which were now at the front of the train, behind the crocodile. At Spinas, the mass exodus from open-air to sensible coaches began and again, they were absolutely heaving by the time the train departed. Something very bizarre happened here too, and I say bizarre as I expected better from the friendly guard. Two guys with bikes decided to get on the train, or should I say were allowed onto the train, but rather than put their bikes in the open-air coach, they were wedged in on the vestibules at the ends of the coaches, and the same coach at that; which ultimately meant that the end coaches of the doors of the coach we were in couldn’t be opened until the bikes had been moved, as they opened outwards! So, if anything at all had gone wrong in the Albula Tunnel, there was no escape route at either end of the coach. Despite me having a go at one of the guys, I might as well have spoken to the wall; what a wanker! Obviously, nothing did happen, but what if it had done?

 

At Bergün the train sat for over an hour, this is to allow people to visit the railway museum there; which your train ticket gets you discounted entry to. I was only interested in getting a few photos of crocodile Ge6/6I #407, which seems to have moved since my last visit, but looks in remarkably good shape for a static exhibit. The run back from Preda was uneventful little crocodile did the job required of it to get us back to Chur on time. We bode farewell to the friendly guard, as I took her docket with the day’s gen off her, did RE1763 1825 Chur – Disentis back to Chur West, which was a Flirt EMU, then had pizza for tea at the Ibis. As it was Sunday, nothing was open near the hotel, other than McDonalds. The food at the Ibis is all prepared by the hotel receptionist too and while it was only a frozen pizza, it was a half decent frozen pizza.

 

The following day we were back to our 1st class Interrail’s and spent the evening pondering what to do and where to go and spent a lot of time looking at the weather for various places. It wasn’t until the following morning that I came up with a plan though, and what a good one it was too.

 

 

Gen for Sunday 13th August 2017

SBB
460034 IC936 1839 Chur – Zurich Hbf

RhB (Rhätische Bahn)
233 (Gm3/3) RhB Chur station pilot
605, 613, 704 stabled at Chur at 1800 (ex GEX? all had moved since 0900 that morning)

Ge4/4II

611 RE1937 1234 Scuol-Tarasp – Pontresina

614 RE1720 0744 Disentis – Landquart

617 RE1933 1134 Scuol-Tarasp – Pontresina, RE1944 1302 Pontresina – Scuol-Tarasp

621 (Vice EMU) RE1157 1658 Chur – St Moritz

623 RE1756 1644 Disentis – Landquart

633 RE1761 1717 Landquart – Disentis

 

Ge4/4III

642 RE1136 1102 St Moritz – Chur, RE1145 1358 Chur – St Moritz

650 RE1140 1202 St Moritz – Chur, RE1149 1458 Chur – St Moritz

652 RE1120 0702 St Moritz – Chur, RE1129 0958 Chur – St Moritz, RE1144 1302 St Moritz – Chur, RE1153 1558 Chur – St Moritz

 

Ge6/6I

414 2137 0855 Landquart – Samedan, 2162 1425 Samedan – Landquart (Summer Sundays only)

 

 

Moves for Sunday 13th August 2017

614 Chur West Chur RE1720 0744 Disentis – Scuol-Tarasp
414 Chur Samedan 2137 0855 Landquart – Samedan
617 Samedan Punt Muragl RE1933 1134 Scuol-Tarasp – Pontresina
617 Punt Muragl Samedan RE1944 1302 Pontresina – Scuol-Tarasp
414 Samedan Chur 2162 1425 Samedan – Landquart
3103 Chur Chur West RE1763 1825 Chur – Disentis

 

Photos from Sunday 13th August 2017

 

Monday 14th August 2017 (A day mostly around Zurich, with a trip to Neuhausen Falls)

 

I had a bit of business to take care of before we headed out for the day so was up and out early and I walked into Chur for 4109 0510 Chur – Samedan mixed train, booked for an RhB Ge6/6II. My early venture was rewarded when Ge6/6II #707 was sat with the train in a deserted Chur station, it was my last of the bunch and made it more than worthwhile getting out of bed! I managed to recover a bit of sleep to Filisur, where I got off to do RE1114 0541 St Moritz – Chur back, which was at least booked to be hauled and produced RhB Ge4/4III #642. At Chur, I now didn’t need to bother going out to Ilanz for 4718 0753 Ilanz – Chur mixed train; also booked a Ge6/6II. As I’d never had two Ge6/6II in a day I went for it anyway and did RE1121 0758 Chur – St Moritz out to Domat/Ems for it, with RhB Ge4/4III #652. #703 did the honours back to Chur and I was soon joined by Danielle, who’d travelled in from Chur West on her own, and we were Zurich bound on board IC564 0909 Chur – Basel with 460044.

 

With no firm plans for the day, I’d been studying the weather while out an about, along with the SBB Re4/4 diagrams. The conclusion I came to, based on the Re4/4 move available, the weather and the fact that where I’d chosen was a nice place to visit, that we hadn’t been to for a while, was that we’d head out to Neuhausen and walk down to the fantastic waterfall. We had 11 minutes at Zurich to make the 1035 Zurich – Singen, which we’d do to Schaffhausen, and a bit of internet browsing found that the left luggage lockers at Zurich Hbf were on level -1. It took us 5 minutes from arriving to being back on the main concourse, having deposited our big bags in a locker down below. As you walk off the platforms, head down any set of stairs in front of you and there are literally about a thousand lockers, which fill all the available wall space around the lower level.

 

Re4/4II 11145 headed the short rake that formed IC280 1035 Zurich Hbf – Singen and as we approached Neuhausen the waterfall can be seen clearly on the right-hand side, in direction of travel. It was a glorious day and the periphery of the falls looked to be quite busy as we passed by. While we waited at Schaffhausen for our EMU back to Neuhausen am Rheinfall we watched three border security guards challenging people on the platforms, they’d ridden up in the same 1st class coach as us from Zurich and had kept their badges well-hidden during the journey; something that Danielle picked up on, not me. They were having a field day on the platform, as we departed on our EMU, and it surprised me that there’d be issues at the Swiss/German border.

 

Neuhausen Falls is a short walk downhill from the station, or you can use the lift to get straight down, visible from the platforms. It was busy in the vicinity of the falls and the viewing platform at the Schloss Laufen, which overlooks the falls, was wedged. There was a constant flow of tourist ferries approaching the falls too, which seemed a bit of a waste of time to me as the spray was soaking the boats as they approached; not good for cameras of course. As the views of the falls are good from the railway, obviously the same is true in reverse and there are some great photo opportunities from the vantage points around the falls, as well as the footpath on the railway bridge, which is used to get across the Rhine river from Neuhausen towards Schloss Laufen; which is the line from Schaffhausen direct to Winterthur. I was quite pleased with the photos I got but it’s difficult to get the loco numbers from such a distance. I was quite pleased with managing to get a train emerging from the tunnel beneath Schloss Laufen, at the same time an Re4/4 was passing by on the main line opposite. The trains are timed so as technically this shot is available every hour but the timing should be perfect of course. Having had a good walk around the bottom end of the falls, we headed back to Neuhausen Rheinfall station and did one of the hourly Uster – Schaffhausen services back to Schaffhausen, which are at least Re450’s and not EMU’s. After a spot of lunch, we headed back to Zurich Hbf on IR2823 1347 Schaffhausen – Zurich Hbf, with Re4/4II 11146 up front.

 

With no plan at all for the afternoon, I wanted to cover some of the SBB Re420 Lion turns to see if 420219 was about and also wanted to cover the Koblenz turn to do the track for Re420. After only moments downstairs at Zurich Hbf platforms 41-44 my luck was on when not one but two of my required Re450’s rolled in on the same train; that was the end of the Re450 luck though and when Re420’s 420222/420224 produced with 19161 1601 Zurich Hardbrucke – Schaffhausen, I had a feeling it was going to be one of those afternoons, especially when I realised our plus 7 onto 19960 1551 Effretikon – Koblenz involved a lengthy walk from platforms 41-44 to platforms 31-34; it hadn’t dawned on me beforehand! It was worth the walk though when 420219 lead the train in, with 420204 on the rear. The run out to Koblenz and back was as straightforward as they come and we were grateful of the 1st class on the set.

 

Back at Zurich Hbf it was over to platforms 21-22 to see what SZU would produce during the rush-hour, when they needed about 7 sets out on the Langnau-Gattikon/Sihlwald line. The service is at 10-minute intervals during peak times and after a slow start, 456542 produced on the 1818 Zurich – Sihlwald, which missed the -1 at Selnau. Which was a bonus when 456547 rolled in on the next train back, 1810 Langnau-Gattikon – Zurich Hbf, only 9 minutes later; and that was SZU dealt with! Food was next on the agenda but I couldn’t help but view IR1982 1836 Zurich Hbf – Basel when we got back up top. Having walked 10 coaches down the platform, I was astounded to find Re4/4II 11131 at the front of the train; which was now my last passenger Re4/4 after 420219 had been caned in. The problem was that Danielle was waiting for me at the buffer stops and the train was due away in 2 minutes! It was a long jog in the afternoon heat and thankfully Danielle was stood where I could see her from the rear of the train and I managed to get her attention, while I stood by the door to prevent the train departing! On we stepped and the guard blew the whistle behind us, the doors immediately closed and we were off. Food was delayed while we headed out to Baden, where Re4/4II 11133 presented itself on IR1983 1813 Basel – Zurich Hbf to top the day off nicely.

 

There are many eateries in subterranean Zurich Hbf but we used a Chinese restaurant/takeaway that we’d used before and had a decent meal before collecting our bags and hanging around for our overnight to Wien Hbf. While waiting for the stock for our overnight to be brought into the station we watch those on EN470 2000 Zurich Hbf – Hamburg Altona overnight be well and truly bowled when presented with an Ersatzug, formed with 460xxx and load 4 conventional coaches; not a sleeper coach in sight! That probably explained the queue of people at the information desk on the concourse? Another load of people were also being bowled, depending on your take of the situation of course, with Re4/4II 11139 and its push-pull set Ersatzug forming ICE1260 2100 Zurich Hbf – Basel.

 

When our stock for EN467 2140 Zurich Hbf – Wien Hbf was backed in, Re4/4II 11149 was at the business end of the train and unfortunately, we had to endure another MAV sleeper coach for the night. I stayed awake to Buchs to find OBB 1016033/1116060 replacing the SBB Re4/4II for the run into Austria. 1016033 was removed, as booked, at Innsbruck and then at Salzburg Hbf 1116060 was removed and OBB shunter 1163011 shunted the Budapest portion from EN467 to EN463 2335 München Hbf – Budapest Keleti and 1116046 then led EN463 forward. When booking our Zurich – Wien overnight with Rail Canterbury I’d forgot to specify which portion of the train I’d wanted to be in and as a result we were going to end up in Wien at 0635 instead of 0735; as EN467 sits at Salzburg for a while before heading through to Wien Hbf.

 

 

Gen for Monday 14th August 2017

11xxx IC181 0915 Horb – Zurich Hbf (from Singen)
11108or9 IR2819 1147 Schaffhausen – Zurich Hbf
11121 IC585 2037 Zurich Hbf – Chur
11125 IR2273 1347 Basel – St Gallen (from Zurich)
11131 IR1982 1836 Zurich Hbf – Basel
11132 IR1975 1413 Basel – Zurich Hbf
11133 IR2272 1342 St Gallen – Basel (to Zurich), IR1983 1813 Basel – Zurich Hbf
11134/11303 IR1981 1713 Basel – Zurich Hbf
11139 ICE1260 2100 Zurich Hbf – Basel (Ersatzug push-pull set)
11140 EC164 0945 Graz Hbf – Zurich Hbf
11141 IC185 1432 Singen – Zurich Hbf, EN465 2040 Zurich Hbf – Graz Hbf (to Buchs)
11145 IC280 1035 Zurich Hbf – Singen, IR2834 1935 Zurich Hbf – Schaffhausen
11146 IR2818 1135 Zurich Hbf – Schaffhausen, IR2823 1347 Schaffhausen – Zurich Hbf
11149 IR1985 1913 Basel – Zurich Hbf, EN467 2140 Zurich Hbf – Wien Hbf (to Buchs)
11150 IR1984 1936 Zurich Hbf – Basel
11151 EN462 2040 (P) Budapest Keleti – Zurich Hbf (from Buchs)
11152/11153 IC775 1407 Basel – Zurich Hbf
11152/11111 EC192 1945 St Gallen – Basel (to Zurich)
11156 IR2273 1347 Basel – St Gallen (to Zurich)
11302 IR2285 1947 Basel – St Gallen (to Zurich)
11108, 11109, 11112, 11118, 11126, 11129, 11136, 11304 seen at Zurich pm
511 EMU IR1986 2036 Zurich Hbf – Basel (vice Re4/4)
420201/420214 19056 1840 Zurich Hbf – Muri
420219/420204 19960 1551 Effretikon – Koblenz, 19967 1702 Koblenz – Pfäffikon ZH
420222/420224 19161 1601 Zurich Hardbrucke – Schaffhausen
420228/420202 19050 1540 Zurich Hbf – Muri, 190xx 1740 Zurich Hbf – Muri
460xxx EN470 2000 Zurich Hbf – Hamburg-Altona (load 4 Ersatzug to Basel)
460044 IC559 0633 Basel – Chur, IC564 0909 Chur – Basel
460118 IR1976 1536 Zurich Hbf – Basel

OBB
1116222 RJ165 1040 Zurich Hbf – Budapest Keleti
1016033/1116060 EN467 2140 Zurich Hbf – Wien Hbf (from Buchs – 1016033 pilot to Innsbruck only)

RhB (Rhätische Bahn)
233 (Gm3/3) RhB Chur station pilot
605, 613, 701 stabled at Chur at 0900 (for GEX?)

Ge4/4II
612 RE1720 0744 Disentis – Scuol-Tarasp
614 RE1721 0717 Landquart – Disentis
615 RE1716 0644 Disentis – Scuol-Tarasp
633 RE1725 0817 Landquart – Disentis

Ge4/4III
642 RE1114 0541 St Moritz – Chur, RE1125 0858 Chur – St Moritz
652 RE1121 0758 Chur – St Moritz

Ge6/6II (Freight locos)
703 4718 0753 Ilanz – Chur (mixed)
707 4109 0510 Chur – Samedan (mixed)

SZU (Sihltal Zurich Uetliberg Bahn)
542, 543, 544, 545, 547, 551, 552 in pm rush hour

 

 

Moves for Monday 14th August 2017

707 Chur Filisur 4109 0510 Chur – Samedan (Mixed Train)
642 Filisur Chur RE1114 0541 St Moritz – Chur
652 Chur Domat/Ems RE1121 0758 Chur – St Moritz
703 Domat/Ems Chur 4718 0753 Ilanz – Chur (Mixed Train)
460044 Chur Zurich Hbf IC564 0909 Chur – Basel
11145 Zurich Hbf Schaffhausen IC280 1035 Zurich Hbf – Singen
526739 Schaffhausen Neuhausen Rheinfall 19713 1106 Singen – Jestetten
450088 Neuhausen Rheinfall Schaffhausen 18944 1141 Uster – Schaffhausen
11146 Schaffhausen Zurich Hbf IR2823 1347 Schaffhausen – Zurich Hbf
450010 Zurich Hbf Low Level Zurich Hardbrucke 19254 1408 Suzach – Brugg
450027
450113 Zurich Hardbrucke Zurich Hbf Low Level 18537 1417 Aarau – Wetzikon
450002
450043 Zurich Hbf Low Level Zurich Hardbrucke 19258 1508 Suzach – Brugg
450061
420222 Zurich Hardbrucke Zurich Hbf Low Level 19161 1601 Zurich Hardbrucke – Schaffhausen
420224
420219 Zurich Hbf Platforms 31-34 Koblenz CH 19960 1551 Effretikon – Koblenz CH
420204
420204 Koblenz CH Zurich Hbf Platforms 31-34 19967 1702 Koblenz CH – Pffafikon ZH
420219
456542 Zurich Hbf Platforms 21-22 Selnau 1818 Zurich Hbf – Sihlwald
456547 Selnau Zurich Hbf Platforms 21-22 1810 Langnau-Gattikon – Zurich Hbf
11131 Zurich Hbf Baden IR1982 1836 Zurich Hbf – Basel
11133 Baden Zurich Hbf IR1983 1813 Basel – Zurich Hbf
11149 Zurich Hbf Buchs SG EN467 2140 Zurich Hbf – Wien Hbf
1016033 Buchs SG Innsbruck Hbf
1116060 Buchs SG Salzburg Hbf

 

Photos from Monday 14th August 2017

 

Tuesday 15th August 2017 (A trip to Mauthausen Memorial/Concentration Camp near Linz)

 

We’d originally planned to visit the Mauthausen Memorial during our Christmas break but as some of the site is closed during the Winter months we decided to head out during the Summer, while we had the chance; and as we’d been deposited into Vienna early in the morning, with nothing else to do. Unlike Zurich though, Wien Hbf’s left-luggage lockers are a bit of a hike from the mainline platforms and are downstairs near platforms 1/2 for the suburban cross-city services. They’re signposted well enough though but operating the lockers is far from straightforward and I couldn’t find instructions in English either. We managed to get our stuff locked away though and were back on the platform with 5 minutes to spare for RJ542 0655 Wien Hbf – Salzburg Hbf.

 

1st class on the Railjet services is nice and relaxing and we were grateful of the at-seat service, even if we did have to pay for the drinks we had; which were served in proper china mugs. These proved to be a pain as we approached St Valentin though with the clumsy wench collecting them trying to be clever; and in picking up everything off the table she dropped one of the cups, which used my phone screen as its cushion, before dropping onto Danielle’s foot! Thankfully my screen protector took the brunt of the impact and prevented the screen from smashing but the screen protector needed replacing afterwards. Luckily for Danielle’s foot, she escaped with a bit of swelling and was lucky not to have a broken toe as the mugs were quite heavy. All I could get out of the girl who’d dropped the mug was sorry, repeatedly. Which at least was something but she wasn’t grasping the fact that she damaged my phone screen or the fact I wanted her to get the train manager so an accident form could be filled out. Ultimately, what ended up happening was the rest of the staff from the restaurant car came through to try and get a glimpse of the damage to my phone and we ended up having to get off without seeing the train manager as we were arriving into St Valentin and needed to change there to get to Mauthausen. Having complained to OBB a week later, I still await their response 3 weeks after the incident!

 

Getting to/from Mauthausen by train is simple but the direct trains down the Grein-Bad Kreuzen branch can depart from either Linz or St Valentin and we had to do an EMU forward from St Valentin to Ennsdorf and change there into a train originating from Linz. On the return though we ended up on a train direct to St Valentin. On arrival into Mauthausen we happened upon a bus, right outside the station front. While the driver spoke no English, he confirmed that we could ride the bus to the nearest point of access to the Mauthausen Memorial and he told us where to get off en-route. There is no direct public transport to the memorial site and from the nearest bus stop, where we got off, it’s a 25-minute uphill walk to the site. The buses run between Linz & Mauthausen stations so they can be used in either direction.

 

The walk up the hill to the Memorial site is through local housing areas, which are quiet areas and we were the only people using the walking route, there weren’t even any locals moving about. The whole area surrounding the memorial site had an air of calm about it, a respectful calm if that makes sense? The site itself is set on a hilltop and is far from secluded but is out of the way; as the Nazi’s would have wanted. Entry to the site is free and maps are provided. Audio guides are available for a fee but we opted to wander around without one. Free lockers are available to leave back-packs in the reception area, which require a 1 Euro coin to operate the lock, which is returned when you open it.

 

The whole site is well maintained and luckily there weren’t too many people about during our visit. Obviously Mauthausen isn’t a patch of the size that Auschwitz is but a lot of people from Auschwitz were transferred to Mauthausen and many of the features at Mauthausen are identical to the larger scale Auschwitz; including the clothes disinfecting areas and the grim crematorium. The map is easily followed and the whole site has signs that explain what everything is and how things unfolded during the war. After walking over the cobbles towards the so-called Stairs of Death, we soon understood why they were so named. It was tiring enough walking up and down them in decent footwear, so imagine what it would have been like in subzero conditions, without footwear and carrying tons of rock with you; and wondering whether the Nazi’s were going to push you off the edge of the cliff when you got to the top that day, which was just a regular game to them and those pushed to their deaths were referred to by the Nazi’s as parachutists! Mauthausen concentration camp was liberated on 5th May 1945, after at least 81,000 people had lost their lives at Mauthausen and the surrounding satellite camps.

 

Having seen the devastation caused at Auschwitz and the grand scale it occurred on, the scenes at Mauthausen didn’t come as a shock but it doesn’t mean that the people there suffered any less and the scripture around the site paints a very real picture of how things unfolded at Mauthausen and just seeing the room of names, which lists the 81,000 known names of people who died at Mauthausen and the surrounding satellite camps is sobering enough.

 

It was a sweltering afternoon when we left the site but at least it was a downhill walk back to the main road. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, we’d missed the bus back to the station, or so we thought at that point. When I realised that the timetable I got off the bus was out of date and there was a more up to date one on the wall of the bus stop; it gave a glimmer of hope when it showed another bus 20 minutes later. What neither of us took into consideration, until the next bus was due, was the fact that it was a bank holiday in Austria and neither the bus we thought we’d missed, nor the one we were expecting momentarily ran on the Sunday timetable! 3km and 50 minutes later we staggered onto Mauthausen station, with about 10 minutes to spare for our train. To add insult to injury, moments later two women turned up in a taxi, which they’d had collect them from the memorial site!

 

The DMU we did back from Mauthausen went to St Valentin and not Linz, as the one out had originated from. We did the next Railjet back from St Valentin towards Wien, which by diagram should have been the same set we’d had out, returning from Salzburg. It wasn’t and 1116159 worked RJ645 1212 Salzburg Hbf – Flughafen Wien. Unfortunately, the outward crew also weren’t on the set as I’d been hoping to finish what hadn’t been on the approach to St Valentin earlier; so that would have to be a complaint to OBB when we got back home. At least nothing else was dropped on us on the journey back to Wien Meidling, where we got off for RJ78 1226 Graz Hbf – Praha Hlavni Nadrazi into Wien Hbf with 1116250 and then headed straight back to Meidling with 1116152 on RJ698 1433 Flughafen Wien – Klagenfurt Hbf for 1116137 through to Wien Hbf Low Level on RE2345 1509 Wien Floridsdorf – Payerbach-Reichenau, to collect our big bags, which were only yards away from the low-level platforms in the locker we’d deposited them in earlier. When we arrived back at Wien Mitte off RE2342 1355 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf with 1144068 we headed straight to the Hotel to check in.

 

The Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier is only a short distance from Wien Mitte station, out of the station, turn left and it’s up the hill on the right, accessed through a narrow passageway; which makes it hard to spot from the main road. First impressions were good but the girl dealing with us at reception didn’t seem to know what she was doing. I’d checked in online, as I’m an Accor member, and was expecting to turn up at the front desk, be handed our room key and that was it. For some reason, I was asked for a credit card, which I queried, which she then queried with one of her colleagues and handed it me back, without having done anything with it. Our room keys weren’t ready for us and we had to wait for her to process them, after which she did confirm breakfast time and where it was served, which would become important the following morning, and then we were on our way to the room.

 

Our “classic” double room was nice, clean, had tea/coffee making facilities and decent A/C. It was also in a quiet part of the hotel, not overlooking the main road at the front. Unfortunately, the nice room didn’t redeem the hotel for what happened the following morning, or at check-out the day after!

 

Having dropped the bags at the hotel I headed straight back out to ned about in the Wien tunnels of an afternoon. I realised that I’d left my interrail in my bag at the hotel, after the first move to Rennweg and back and had to leg it back to the hotel in-between moves; which was nice in the afternoon heat. The temperature was ready 33 degrees on the display outside Mitte station when I got back, which would explain why I was sweating a bit!

 

I’d spotted 1116238 with RJ70 0710 Wien Hbf – Praha Hl Nadrazi, before we’d departed for Mauthausen that morning, and planned to cover the return working of RJ77 1248 Praha Hl Nadrazi – Graz Hbf during my rush-hour jaunt. I doubt there was ever a question of it not returning from the Czech Republic and while I was in the vicinity of the mainline platforms at Wien Hbf I ended up doing 2016038 out to Simmering on REX2526 1716 Wien Hbf – Bratislava Hlavna Stanica for 2016018 back on REX2527 1639 Bratislava Hlavna Stanica – Wien Hbf, and then topped the afternoon off with a few more ned moves in the tunnels before I got bored and headed back to the hotel.

 

As always, Danielle had found us somewhere close by to eat while I’d been out. The No.27 Chinese restaurant was only a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel and while the food was ok, the service wasn’t great, with the wrong drinks turning up and we had to wait for a long time for our food; while all the time loads of food was being taken through to the next room, which seemed to be a family affair.

 

Having had a long day, we weren’t late out of bed and were prepared for our long day the following day, having left enough time for breakfast before we headed out.

 

 

Gen for Tuesday 15th August 2017

1016014 City Airport Train services

1116070 RE2352 1711 Wiener Neustadt – Breclav

1116137 RE2345 1509 Wien Floridsdorf – Payerbach-Reichenau

1116150 RE2355 1627 Breclav – Wiener Neustadt

1116152 RJ698 1433 Flughafen Wien – Klagenfurt

1116158 RJ541 0512 Salzburg Hbf – Wien Hbf, RJ649 1413 Salzburg Hbf – Flughafen Wien, RJ1255 1733 Flughafen Wien – Graz Hbf

1116159 RJ645 1212 Salzburg Hbf – Flughafen Wien

1116160 RJ821 0530 Linz – Flughafen Wien

1116202 RJ160 0730 Wien Hbf – Zurich Hbf

1116211 RJ760 1730 Wien Hbf – Bregenz

1116221 RJ542 0655 Wien Hbf – Salzburg Hbf

1116232 RJ543 0612 Salzburg Hbf – Flughafen Wien

1116235 RJ560 0703 Flughafen Wien – Innsbruck Hbf

1116247 RJ646 1355 Wien Hbf – Salzburg Hbf

1116249 RJ960 1703 Flughafen Wien – Innsbruck Hbf

1116281 RJ553 0658 Wien Hbf – Graz Hbf

1216021 EC31 0625 Wien Hbf – Venezia S. Lucia

1216236 RJ370 1426 Graz Hbf – Praha Hl Nadrazi

1216238 RJ70 0710 Wien Hbf – Praha Hl Nadrazi, RJ77 1248 Praha Hl Nadrazi – Graz Hbf

1216250 RJ78 1226 Graz Hbf – Praha Hl Nadrazi

 

1144016 RE2342 1355 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf

1144042 RE2249 1455 Znojmo – Wien Meidling

1144088 RE2354 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf

1144096 RE2357 1809 Floridsdorf – Payerbach-Reichenau

1144103 RE2351 1639 Floridsdorf – Wiener Neustadt

1144124 RE2257 1655 Znojmo – Wien Meidling

1144212 RE2348 1611 Wiener Neustadt – Floridsdorf

1144219 RE2346 1455 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf

1144260 RE2246 1645 Meidling – Znojmo

 

2016018 REX2527 1639 Bratislava Hl Stanica – Wien Hbf

2016038 REX2526 1716 Wien Hbf – Bratislava Hl Stanica

 

 

Moves for Tuesday 15th August 2017

1163011 Salzburg Hbf Salzburg Hbf EN463 2335 (14/08) Munchen Hbf – Budapest Keleti
1116046 Salzburg Hbf Wien Hbf
1116221 Wien Hbf St Valentin RJ542 0655 Wien Hbf – Salzburg Hbf
4024021 St Valentin Ennsdorf 3644 0809 Garsten – Linz Hbf
5022019 Ennsdorf Mauthausen 6373 0834 Linz Hbf – Grein-Bad Kreuzen
5022004 Mauthausen St Valentin 6174 1215 Grein-Bad Kreuzen – St Valentin
1116159 St Valentin Wien Meidling RJ645 1212 Salzburg Hbf – Flughafen Wien
1116250 Wien Meidling Wien Hbf RJ78 1226 Graz Hbf – Praha Hlavni Nadrazi
1116152 Wien Hbf Wien Meidling RJ698 1433 Flughafen Wien – Klagenfurt Hbf
1116137 Wien Meidling Wien Hbf Low Level RE2345 1509 Wien Floridsdorf – Payerbach-Reichenau
1144068 Wien Hbf Low Level Wien Mitte RE2342 1355 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf
1144042 Wien Mitte Wien Renweg RE2249 1455 Znojmo – Wien Meidling
1144219 Wien Renweg Wien Mitte RE2346 1455 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf
1144103 Wien Mitte Wien Hbf Low Level RE2351 1639 Wien Floridsdorf – Wiener Neustadt
1216238 Wien Hbf Wien Meidling RJ77 1248 Praha Hlavni Nadrazi – Graz Hbf
1116158 Wien Meidling Wien Hbf RJ649 1413 Salzburg Hbf – Flughafen Wien
2016038 Wien Hbf Wien Simmering REX2526 1716 Wien Hbf – Bratislava Hlavna Stanica
2016018 Wien Simmering Wien Hbf REX2527 1639 Bratislava Hlavna Stanica – Wien Hbf
1116070 Wien Hbf Low Level Wien Praterstern RE2352 1711 Wiener Neustadt – Breclav
1144096 Wien Praterstern Wien Mitte RE2357 1809 Wien Floridsdorf – Payerbach-Reichenau
1144124 Wien Mitte Wien Renweg RE2257 1655 Znojmo – Wien Meidling
1144088 Wien Renweg Wien Mitte RE2354 1655 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf

 

Photos from Tuesday 15th August 2017

 

Wednesday 16th August 2017 (A day out on the Waldviertalbahn from Gmünd)

 

When we got down to the breakfast room it wasn’t very busy and there weren’t any staff about either, so we just sat down and set about grabbing a few bits before we headed out; which was when the fun started. The girl who was looking after the breakfast room eventually came over for our room number, which she couldn’t find on her list so she had to make a trip to reception. When she returned she told us that breakfast wasn’t included in our package at the hotel and that we’d have to pay €16 each for the privilege; and she was pretty rude about it as well. Having only had a bit from a slice of toast at this point, and bearing in mind we were only grabbing a quick breakfast before we headed out, there was no way I was paying €32 for a cuppa each and a few slices of toast. So, we left everything on the table, untouched but for the toast, and went to reception to explain that upon checking in we’d been told what time breakfast was and where it was served. At no point were we told it wasn’t included in our room rate, unlike when we’d used the Ibis in Chur, where the receptionist there was very clear about the fact it wasn’t included. To which I was told we’d still have to pay for breakfast as we’d started it. I pointed out to the receptionist that even the booking confirmation didn’t state breakfast wasn’t included, to which I was told that I should know what I’ve booked. I told her that expected the confirmation to tell me what I’d booked and was very firm when I told her I wasn’t paying for breakfast and got her to acknowledge the fact before we left the hotel for the day. Breakfast was ultimately purchased from the supermarket near Mitte station for just €3 each!

 

The plan for the day was to head to Gmünd to cover the Wednesday’s only 2095 turn on the Gmünd – Gross Gerungs section of the Novog operated Waldviertalbahn. To get to Gmünd we had to set out early as it’s a 2h13m run to get there from Wien Franz Josefs. The metro is the quickest way from Wien Mitte to Heiligenstadt of Franz Josefs but our Interrail was free on the train, so we used it to go via Wien Handelskai, where we headed to the downstairs platform to do a cross-city Wien Handelskai – Wien Hütteldorf EMU to Wien Heiligenstadt. As our breakfast at the hotel had been cut short we got there in time to view a couple of the morning commuters with 11142627 being the only one of the class seen, despite the amount of 1142 turns ex Franz Josefs. RE2104 0828 Wien Franz Josefs – Ceske Velenice, our train to Gmünd, was MAV 470006, as booked. This is a MAV loco, working with OBB stock on a train heading to CD land; although it didn’t work into the Czech Republic. At Gmünd, everyone for the short run to Ceske Velenice was turfed off and onto a CD 810 DMU and from what we saw during our time in Gmünd this was how every train operated that day.

 

The Waldviertalbahn Gmünd station is over the road from the OBB station. Tickets for the journey are purchased on board the train, which was formed of 7 coaches, which included a buffet coach ad a luggage van; the formation of the trains on the Waldviertalbahn is posted in the window of the rear coach so those with reserved seats can see where they’re sat. 2095007 & DMU were parked on the buffer stops of one platform, which I initially thought might have worked in with a DMU drag. I soon figured out, after using Google Translate on the sign posted in the cab window of 2095007, that both it and the DMU were parked up as spares donors. In the adjacent platform, orange liveried 2095012 was just being dropped onto the stock to form 16901 1115 Gmünd – Gross Gerungs and when the train departed 2095005 was visible on shed with a headboard; reading “Candlelight Train”. Confusingly, the candlelight train was advertised in the Waldviertalbahn timetable as being the following night but the posters on the station and in the train confirmed that it was indeed, on this particular evening.

 

The guy selling tickets on board soon quashed any hope of being able to use Interrail tickets on Novog trains. This had previously been a thing but it seems that Novog now don’t accept Interrail’s anywhere; which I was expecting. So, having to pay €19.60 each for the return trip didn’t come as a shock. The train was quite well loaded but our coach remained relatively empty throughout the 1h45m journey, which is uphill in quite a few places, before dropping down into Gross Gerungs. The scenery is quite nice and is mainly wooded surroundings. There’s time to nip out for photos at the larger stations, while the train waits time too. Unfortunately, the little 2095 was nowhere near as loud and expressive as the only other one I’d had, on the Mariazellerbahn, but it still made a bit of noise.

 

In the 2 hours we had at Gross Gerungs we’d already found a restaurant that we’d planned to eat at. As it was closed for the Summer, with a planned reopening date of the following day, we ended up walking about the small town, where English is barely spoken at all, and stumbled upon the Hirsch restaurant, where one of the staff spoken good English and was able to translate the menu for us; as Google Translate couldn’t due to the font it was printed in. Two chicken schnitzel & chips later, we were suitably fed and stumbled back through town to the station, where the sun even made an appearance.

 

For the return journey, we sat in the same coach, now towards the rear, as the seats at the front were wooden bench ones and there were too many kids running about the place. We had a relaxing journey back to Gmünd in a relatively empty coach as a result. Upon arrival 2095005 was sat outside the station with 3 coaches, which it shunted straight onto the rear of our set to form a load 11 rake for the candlelight train. As there was space on the train, I asked about going down to Litschau with the set, which we were allowed to do. As we were returning with the regular service and not the candlelight train itself we were also allowed to do it as a return fare. This resulted in a bit of a rethink of the evening and also a later finish when I realised we could do the train out and back and do the train back to Wien 2 hours later. So, €14.50 each and 2 hours later we arrived back into Gmünd on the 1800 Litschau – Gmünd with a single car DMU.

 

470004 was sat in at Gmünd with RE2131 1907 Ceske Velenice – Wien Franz Josefs and sure enough, those connecting from Ceske Velenice did so on the CD single car DMU. We headed back to Wien Mitte via the same route we’d travelled out, changing at Wien Heiligenstadt into a Wien Hütteldorf – Wien Handelskai EMU and then heading upstairs at Handelskai to do what turned out to be 1144204 back to Wien Mitte. Food was sought from a pizza restaurant, Ristorante Trimelli, over the road from the hotel. The food was just what the doctor ordered but we could have done without our order being missed, and subsequently forgotten, by the kitchen staff!

 

As we headed back to the hotel, our trip had all but come to an end and all that was left was the journey home the following day.

 

 

Gen for Wednesday 16th August 2017

OBB

1116116 RE2358 1838 Wiener Neustadt – Floridsdorf
1116190 RE2313 0557 Breclav – Wiener Neustadt
1142627 RE2813 0651 Krems – Franz Josefs
1144004 RE2810 0804 Franz Josefs – Krems
1144030 RE2308 0616 Wiener Neustadt – Bernhardsthal
1144032 RE2159 0639 Sigmundsherberg – Franz Josefs
1144033 RE2206 0603 Wiener Neustadt – Znojmo
1144068 RE2122 1655 Franz Josefs – Gmund No
1144093 RE2213 0610 Unterretzbach – Payerbach-Reichenau
1144101 RE2815 0729 Krems – Franz Josefs, RE2118 1617 Franz Josefs – Gmund No
1144124 RE2211 0530 Retz – Payerbach-Reichenau
1144204 RE2373 2209 Wien Floridsdorf – Wiener Neustadt

 

MAV

470004 (MAV) RE2120 1628 Franz Josefs – Ceske Velenice (to Gmund No – CD single car DMU over the border), RE2131 1907 Ceske Velenice – Franz Josefs (from Gmund No – CD single car DMU over the border)
470006 (MAV) 21087 0715 St Andrae-Worden – Franz Josefs, RE2104 0828 Franz Josefs – Ceske Velenice (to Gmund No – CD single car DMU over the border), RE2127 1705 Ceske Velenice – Franz Josefs (from Gmund No – CD single car DMU over the border)

 

Novog

2095005 1650 Gmund – Litschau – Candlelight Train

2095007 stabled in Gmund station with a sign to say it’s for spares

2095012 16901 1115 Gmund – Gross Gerungs, 16902 1500 Gross Gerungs – Gmund

 

 

Moves for Wednesday 16th August 2017

1144030 Wien Mitte Wien Handelskai RE2308 0616 Wiener Neustadt – Bernhardsthal
4024133 Wien Handelskai Wien Heiligenstadt 20574 0728 Wien Handelskai – Wien Hutteldorf
1142627 Wien Heiligenstadt Spittelau RE2813 0651 Krems an der Donnau – Wien Franz Josefs
1144004 Spittelau Wien Heiligenstadt RE2810 0804 Wien Franz Josefs – Krems an der Donnau
470006 Wien Heiligenstadt Gmund No RE2104 0828 Wien Franz Josefs – Ceske Velenice
2095012 Gmund Gross Gerungs 16901 1115 Gmund – Gross Gerungs
2095012 Gross Gerungs Gmund 16902 1500 Gross Gerungs – Gmund
2095005 Gmund Litschau 16924 1650 Gmund – Litschau
DMU Litschau Gmund 16925 1800 Litschau – Gmund
470004 Gmund No Wien Heiligenstadt RE2131 1907 Ceske Velenice – Wien Franz Josefs
4024131 Wien Heiligenstadt Wien Handelskai 20897 2114 Wien Hutteldorf – Wien Handelskai
1144204 Wien Handelskai Wien Mitte RE2373 2209 Wien Floridsdorf – Wiener Neustadt

 

Photos from Wednesday 16th August 2017

 

Thursday 17th August 2017 (Home from Vienna to Doncaster)

 

As it was the last day, I decided to get up and have a go at the morning rush hour trains through the Wien Tunnels. A productive morning it turned out to be as well, with only 2 of the 22 moves I did producing locos I’d had two days previous. As I’m such a ned on things in Austria, it was a complete red pen fest! At least I remembered to take my Interrail with me on this occasion and I returned to the hotel with breakfast from the supermarket outside Mitte station.

 

When checking out of the hotel, as is normal at Accor hotels, where you’ve checked in online and signed up for fast checkout, I handed the room card over at the front desk and off we went. Half way down the alleyway towards the main road, one of the hotel staff came rushing after us, shouting my name. The voices in my head were shouting all sorts of expletives back but, embarrassingly, we had to go back to the hotel front desk, where I was asked for my card, just as I had been when we’d checked in, only for it to be handed back again without it going anywhere near a machine. I never did receive a receipt via e-mail, as it Accor’s process when doing fast checkout. My complaint, made the following day, is still awaiting a response some 3 weeks later! The problem with this hotel was that we had a booking there over Christmas, which was non-cancellable, which I now obviously wanted to cancel as I had nothing but resentment for the staff after the way they’d treated us; even if the hotel itself was nice.

 

1144211 whisked us through the tunnels to Wien Hbf Low Level on RE2225 0855 Znojmo – Wien Meidling, where a few moves were possible thanks to late running Railjet services towards the airport. 1216249 to Meidling with RJ71 0648 Praha Hlavni Nadrazi – Graz Hbf for 1216235 back on RJ74 0826 Graz Hbf – Praha Hlavni Nadrazi then 2016016 to Simmering on REX2514 1116 Wien Hbf – Bratislava Hlavna Stanica for 2016024 back on REX2515 1038 Bratislava Hlavna Stanica – Wien Hbf and finally 1116212/1116242 out to Meidling on RJ642 1155 Wien Hbf – Salzburg Hbf for our planned train to Flughafen Wien, RJ861 0713 Innsbruck Hbf – Flughafen Wien with 1116228; which arrived into Wien Hbf, as booked, coupled with 1116230 and RJ61 0724 München Hbf – Budapest Keleti.

 

We were flying back to Heathrow with British Airways and the plane was off the tarmac a little early. As we were early approaching Heathrow, we were originally going to hold for a while but this was cancelled at the last minute and we went straight in to land. The result of this was our stand being changed last minute as well and chaos ensued when nobody had sent buses over to the new stand to ferry us to the terminal building. When they did turn up, 35 minutes after we landed, only one was sent and it then took 10 more minutes to get authority for the crew bus to ferry the remaining passengers to the terminal. Even the crew were pissed off and had made their thoughts known to their control office.

 

Our little escapade at Heathrow cost us time and we missed the 1733 from Kings Cross as a result, which actually pleased me as it was a HST and the 1749 Kings Cross – Leeds was 91105. It was a relaxing journey back to Doncaster in a strangely empty 1st class, in which a very tasty chicken curry was served. It had been a pleasant change using 1st class tickets during the trip and left me wondering whether to us 1st class Interrail’s from now on.

 

That was the end of another good trip, which had started with scorching weather in Venice took a positively Siberian feel in the middle, while we were in Switzerland, and heated back up for the finale in Austria. As always, there’s plenty to talk about in the future, even if we didn’t get to do what we wanted in Switzerland; I look forward to re-planning that part in the future, already.

 

 

Gen for Thursday 17th August 2017

1016014, 1016036 City Airport Train services
1116090 RE2312 0716 Wiener Neustadt – Breclav

1116116 RE2306 0508 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf

1116134 RE2209 0510 Retz – Payerbach-Reichenau

1116190 RE2208 0552 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf

1116212/1116242 RJ642 1155 Wien Hbf – Salzburg Hbf

1116228 RJ861 0713 Innsbruck Hbf – Flughafen Wien
1116230 RJ61 0724 München Hbf – Budapest Keleti

1116269 RE2304 0516 Wiener Neustadt – Bernhardsthal

1116279 RE2313 0557 Breclav – Wiener Neustadt

 

1216235 RJ74 0826 Graz Hbf – Praha Hlavni Nadrazi

1216249 RJ71 0648 Praha Hlavni Nadrazi – Graz Hbf

 

1144016 RE2310 0608 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf

1144036 RE2311 0533 Bernhardsthal – Wiener Neustadt

1144093 RE2207 0434 Retz – Payerbach-Reichenau, RE2216 0755 Payerbach-Reichenau – Floridsdorf

1144095 RE2215 0636 Retz -Wien Meidling

1144096 RE2308 0616 Wiener Neustadt – Bernhardsthal

1144098 RE2315 0633 Bernhardsthal – Wiener Neustadt

1144112 RE2212 0655 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf

1144124 RE2210 0703 Wiener Neustadt – Retz

1144211 RE2206 0603 Wiener Neustadt – Znojmo, RE2225 0855 Znojmo – Wien Meidling
1144222 RE2204 0452 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf

1144227 RE2211 0530 Retz – Payerbach-Reichenau

1144257 RE2309 0503 Bernhardsthal – Wiener Neustadt

1144262 RE2317 0703 Bernhardsthal – Payerbach-Reichenau

1144279 RE2407 0635 Laa/Thaya – Wien Westbahnhof

1144287 RE2403 0518 Laa/Thaya – Wien Westbahnhof

1144290 RE2213 0610 Unterretzbach – Payerbach-Reichenau

 

2016016 REX2514 1116 Wien Hbf – Bratislava Hlavna Stanica

2016024 REX2515 1038 Bratislava Hlavna Stanica – Wien Hbf

 

 

Moves for Thursday 17th August 2017

1144093 Wien Mitte Wien Renweg RE2207 0434 Retz – Payerbach-Reichenau
1116269 Wien Renweg Wien Mitte RE2304 0516 Wiener Neustadt – Bernhardsthal
1144257 Wien Mitte Wien Renweg RE2309 0503 Bernhardsthal – Wiener Neustadt
1144222 Wien Renweg Wien Mitte RE2204 0452 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf
1116134 Wien Mitte Wien Renweg RE2209 0510 Retz – Payerbach-Reichenau
1116116 Wien Renweg Wien Mitte RE2306 0508 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf
1144287 Wien Mitte Wien Renweg RE2403 0518 Laa/Thaya – Wien Westbahnhof
1144036 Wien Renweg Wien Quartier Belvedere RE2311 0533 Bernhardsthal – Wiener Neustadt
1144211 Wien Quartier Belvedere Wien Mitte RE2206 0603 Wiener Neustadt – Znojmo
1144227 Wien Mitte Wien Renweg RE2211 0530 Retz – Payerbach-Reichenau
1144096 Wien Renweg Wien Mitte RE2308 0616 Wiener Neustadt – Bernhardsthal
1116279 Wien Mitte Wien Renweg RE2313 0557 Breclav – Wiener Neustadt
1116190 Wien Renweg Wien Mitte RE2208 0552 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf
1144290 Wien Mitte Wien Renweg RE2213 0610 Unterretzbach – Payerbach-Reichenau
1144016 Wien Renweg Wien Mitte RE2310 0608 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf
1144098 Wien Mitte Wien Renweg RE2315 0633 Bernhardsthal – Wiener Neustadt
1144124 Wien Renweg Wien Mitte RE2210 0703 Wiener Neustadt – Retz
1144279 Wien Mitte Wien Renweg RE2407 0635 Laa/Thaya – Wien Westbahnhof
1144095 Wien Renweg Wien Quartier Belvedere RE2215 0636 Retz -Wien Meidling
1116090 Wien Quartier Belvedere Wien Mitte RE2312 0716 Wiener Neustadt – Breclav
1144262 Wien Mitte Wien Renweg RE2317 0703 Bernhardsthal – Payerbach-Reichenau
1144112 Wien Renweg Wien Mitte RE2212 0655 Payerbach-Reichenau – Wien Floridsdorf
1144211 Wien Mitte Wien Hbf Low Level RE2225 0855 Znojmo – Wien Meidling
1216249 Wien Hbf Wien Meidling RJ71 0648 Praha Hlavni Nadrazi – Graz Hbf
1216235 Wien Meidling Wien Hbf RJ74 0826 Graz Hbf – Praha Hlavni Nadrazi
2016016 Wien Hbf Wien Simmering REX2514 1116 Wien Hbf – Bratislava Hlavna Stanica
2016024 Wien Simmering Wien Hbf REX2515 1038 Bratislava Hlavna Stanica – Wien Hbf
1116212 Wien Hbf Wien Meidling RJ642 1155 Wien Hbf – Salzburg Hbf
1116242
1116230 Wien Meidling Wien Hbf RJ61 0724 Munchen Hbf – Budapest Keleti
1116228 Flughafen Wien RJ861 0713 Innsbruck Hbf – Flughafen Wien
G-EUUX Vienna Terminal 1 Heathrow Terminal 1 BA701 1420 Vienna – Heathrow
91105 Kings Cross Doncaster 1D25 1749 Kings Cross – Leeds

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