View From Pontresina Bahnhof Parking Lot, Pontresina, Switzerland, 1998

The Bernina Express

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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.

Pontresina Railway Yard, Pontresina, Switzerland, 1998

Here's a shot of the Pontresina yard.

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.

Swiss Landscape, Picture 3, near Pontresina, Switzerland, 1998

Here we are continuing to charge the grade out of Pontresina.
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