The Bernina ExpressAmong Jon Searles' albums
View From Pontresina Bahnhof Parking Lot, Pontresina, Switzerland, 1998
Here's the view from the Pontresina Bahnhof parking lot. I don't know what mountain that is, but it caught my eye. Notice also the American style camper van in the lot!! :-)
Pontresina Bahnhof, Pontresina, Switzerland, 1998
This is Pontresina Bahnhof (Station) on the Rhatische Bahn, or Rhaetian Railway, where I was to board the Bernina Express for Tirano, on the Italian border. This was one of the most memorable train trips I ever took on a regular train, so I decided awhile ago to first show these shots in my first NRHS slide show, and later online.
Rhatische Bahn #43, Pontresina, Switzerland, 1998
This is the train that formed the Bernina Express when I rode it. It an EMU, obviously, but I don't know the class.
Rhatische Bahn #88, Pontresina, Switzerland, 1998
Here's one of the Rhatische Bahn's freight trains, as surprisingly there is a certain amount of freight on it, in spite of the narrow gauge.
Pontresina, Switzerland, 1998
This was the view of Pontresina itself as we departed, but I figured it belonged at the beginning anyway, or maybe I was just incompetent? :-)
Swiss Landscape, near Pontresina, Switzerland, 1998
Here's another view of the countryside near Pontresina. It was December, and in the Swiss Alps, so unsurprisingly there was a lot of snow.
Incline Out Of Pontresina, Switzerland, 1998
And...here's the grade out of Pontresina!! I knew that these trains were designed to take steep grades, but this is really exceptional, and looks it.