ESNG meeting – 20 March 2019

With Ron back in England, it’s back to the relative normality of an ESNG meeting.  We seemed to do more talking than running, but Simon had his (expensive) brass loco under test:

Good to see Peter’s module in a layout:

Graham’s new, and colourful rake of Union Pacific coaches:

An Chris’ DEMU:

Today, it’s off to Ally Pally for the show there.  And of course, it’s just two weeks to N Gauge SouthEast.  We have the usual alarms and excursions as we approach the show, and a couple of exhibitors have had to drop out (situation normal) but it looks on track to be a good exhibition.  I’ll confess that I’ll be glad when it’s all over, though!

And here’s the latest floor plan….

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Ron on the road again #6

Day 6, and as usual, there’s plenty of snow:

Woke up this morning to find it was still snowing.  Decided on an easy day so in the continuing snow took 0904 to Davos and then on to Klosters, where I walked through village in the snow. Continued on down to Lanquart and about 10 minutes before arriving went through a tunnel to find the scenery had changed from white to green and the snow to rain.  Took a small break for a snack and got soaked walking from and to the station.  Carried on to Chur where I again walked round in the rain.  Coming back to Filisur picked up the lying snow around Reichenau.  Came up Albula Valley under cloud.  Arrived back at hotel to find deep snow still lying but roads are simply wet.

There was a notice at Chur Station that the route between Andermatt and Disentis was closed due to avalanche danger. Good job I did the journey yesterday as you U were being advised to travel via Zurich.

This will be last set of emails as I have to be on 0900 tomorrow morning to make sure I am at Basel airport in time for my 1515 flight home.

Views from the hotel in the morning





And the transport photos……   Train from Filisur to Davos

Train to St Moritz arriving in Filisur

Train from Filisur after arising in Davos

Klosters station





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Ron on the road again #5

Day 5, and not much sunbathing for Ron:

Another snowfall overnight.  Decided to do the last long trip of my holiday and travelled by Reichenau and Disentis to Andermatt.  Intended to take photos of the Oberalppass but it was a whiteout as was the descent to Andermatt.  Had a walk in falling snow into the village for a hot drink and a cake.  On return journey did not want to wait 20 minutes on cold platform at Reichenau so travelled by Chur where I managed to pick up items requested from home.  Just been held nearly 10 minutes at Thusis as on coming train had technical problems.  What was rain in Chur is now turning to snow.

Views from the hotel in the morning


Rhine gorge



Reicenau Tamins


Carriage connection on my train to Andermatt

Andermatt station.  I reckon the Apres-Ski Bar is the best place to be in weather like this!


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Ron on the road again #4

Day 4, and like all good Brits, Ron is reporting on the weather:

A funny day weather wise.  Started off snowing when I caught train to Chur but had left the snow behind when I reached the Rhine Balley.  I caught the train to Stallen to do a round trip through Appenzellerland during which I had hail, sleet, snow and sun.  Arriving back in St Gallen I walked round the town before having a snack.  When waiting for train back I could see it was snowing heavily but within 5 minutes the sun was shining.

Starting with Ron’s hotel…

St Gallen


Chur Train entering Filisur in the rain

Sargans – interesting looking unit?




Outside Appenzell station. You wait ages for a bus and then they turn up together

Outside St Gallen station.  I like the bendy-trolleybuses!


St Gallen station


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Ron on the road again #3

Day 3, and more snow:

Woke up this morning to find there had been by UK standards a heavy snowfall overnight, most of which had melted by the time I got back this afternoon.  Decided to head south and caught 0800 to Samedan for connection to Pontresina and the Bernina Line.  I was surprised to find a snowplough truck attached to the front of the unit.  Sitting in first carriage I could see the snow forced out to the side of the train sometimes blocking the view.  I stayed on for the whole journey to Tirano in Italy but the snowplough was taked off at Poschiavo and the blades were white even though we had run out of the snow area and were running under a clear blue sky.  Having spent 40 minutes in Italy, I took the train back to Alp Grum for an hour’s refreshment break (hot chocolate and apple strudel).  I travelled back via St Moritz but the train back to Filisur was like a rush hour commuter train.

Filisur this morning

Bernina Diavolezza

Lake by Ospizia Bernin

View from train at Alp Grum


Tirano, Italy

Views at Alp Grum

Lake at St Moritz

Back of train from Davos Platz

0800 crossing at Filisur. Train to Chur on left train to St Moritz entering Filisur

Slightly blurred, but worthwhile shot of snow plough on train to Tirano at Pontresina

Italian train ready to leave Tirano for Milan.  The weather has looked up!

Rust bucket in sidings at Tirano (Italian side) RhB in background

Italian units in sidings at Tirano

Brusio Spiral

St Moritz station


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Ron on the road again #2

Day 2, and plenty of snow in evidence!

A cold day started clear but the weather changed.  Went down to Chur and caught train to Arosa.  On leaving Chur it was starting to snow and by Arosa it was light but steady.  Decided to take a walk before catching the train but the light snow became a blizzard so dived to the cake shop/cafe we have used before for a hot chocolate and a cake until it relented.  When it had eased off I had 50 minutes wait for next train so rather than freeze on sthe tation I took a walk around the frozen lake.  On returning to Chur took train via Klosters to Samedan and for most of the journey it was verging on white out conditions.  It was snowing heavily in Samedan whilst I waited for train back to Filisur where light snow is falling.

Filisur am

Filisur pm

0800 Filisur to Chur

Langweis viaduct

Arosa station


Arosa bus

Carriage on Arosa to Chur station

Chur post bus station

Chur station


Samedan station


Arosa.  These pictures shows just how much snow they have had.




View from bedroom window – rather different from yesterday.

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Ron on the road again #1

Next few days will have some of Ron’s Swiss travels, transport with a bit of scenery thrown in for good measure.  I just hope he’s home by March 29th….

An early start – left home at 0445 GET for 0725 flight from Heathrow to Basel.  Landed 15 minutes early but a bumpy landing due to strong winds.  Just missed bus into town and as a result had to wait 45 minutes for next train to Chur, not helped by a late change of platform.  Just arrived in Filisur at 1500 CET.  Hope to make quick trip to Davos and back at 1600.

RHINE Valley at Sargans


He does know how to have a good time!!!!!

Albula Valley

View from Ron’s hotel room

Tram station and airport bus outside Basel SBB


Basel SBB


A famous spot – RhB train entering tunnel from Landwasser Viaduct – looks better in Switzerland than on a GWR branch line?

Took 1604 to Davos Platz and am now waiting for the 1731 back to Filisur.  There was a lot more lying snow which I believe is due to the valley not getting the sun.  Here are some more photos taken from the platform.


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