Switzerland Feb Weekend

A weekend trip to Switzerland is about all I can afford! Thoroughly enjoyed a first taste of the RhB though.

650 had the honour of opening my RhB account working the 0847 Landquart to Davos as far as Schiers where we leapt to double back and pick up the plan with the 0920 Landquart – St Moritz. The plan was then duly detonated by said train being a Stadler shitbus instead!

This means Plan B was to take 614 on the 0950 Landquart – Scuol (being denied a further engine to by another unit on the 0947 Davos!) as far as Saglians where thankfully the connection was held despite delays in the Vereina Tunnel (which would last all day) due to additional car shuttles being operated.

612 shoves out of S-chanf with a Scuol to Pontresina stopper. Three locos are employed on this hourly circuit and they were at least all working as per the diagrams with these ‘baby 4/4’ dating from 1973

619 in a nice blue advertising livery was working the 1134 off Scuol again at S-Chamf as they cross at the next shack

As i had some time to wait for the following St Moritz service, took a wander into the snow to get 612 returning on the 1202 Pontresina – Scuol

This was a bit of a bonus, vice a 641, this time a nice green 621 working the 1302 St Moritz to Chur via the Albula line which I took over the top to Filisur. Despite appearances the blue restrurant car wasn’t a hauled train as the units also drag around coaches (and wagons as mixed trains) presumably a reason why so much is interchangeable!

To get a couple of these ‘641’ more modern locos in the book did an out and back from Filisur to Davos Frauenkirch where 648 arrives with the 1431 off Davos Platz. Not exactly the colour loco to make the most of the photo but at least it wasn’t in the middle like a few had been!

622 was on Sledgex duties between Bergun and Preda and is seen here getting underway back downhill out of Preda. On paper these go back ECS but no bother taking it back if you wanted to. This runs as there is a 10km sledge run which this then returns you to the top of, with the additional mileage of the railway as it twists and turns to lose hight you could certainly race if it you wanted, stopping for phots might be a bit challenging though!

Sunday was aimed at getting some SBB 4/4 in the book as they currently have much more weekend work than in repvious years. However some late running and a few duds scuppered it being as productive as hoped but did manage to pick up 11111 on the 0908 Zurich – Basel (via Aaruu)

and 11300 storms into Baden working the 1224 Basel – Zurich IR.

Posted March 4, 2018 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Switzerland

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