Well, the Bartlett’s have done Berlin, so it’s time for Allan and Ron to head for the hills of Switzerland. You can almost set your watch by them. So, I’ll ease back into the blog with their holiday reports. We may even get some train photographs if we are lucky….
Flew out today. We landed 2 hours late at Basle due to technical problems before onward flight to Gatwick and then problem agreeing baggage with customers. We therefore arrived in Lauterbrunnen at 8pm local time. SBB app told us next train was at 1750 but we caught one at 1720 changing at Spiez for Interlaken. Attached are photos taken from our hotel balcony.
A hot and eventful day. Set off this morning for Interlaken Ost and took first boat to Brienz for trip on Brienz Rothorn Bahn. Journey up went well but on way down our steam loco stopped halfway for a while and then stopped at Planalp and let train following us and a diesel hauled works train to pass us. We were told to leave the train as the loco had failed. The diesel pushed its wagon in front of us whilst our steamer pushed the empty carriages up out of the passing loop and then eased back towards the wagon. The diesel then ran round to collect our carriages and bring them back into station to pick us up and take us down to Brienz.
We then took train back to Interlaken for connection back to Lauterbrunnen. Now sitting on our balcony listening to rumbles of thunder. Expecting lightning and rain to follow soon.
D’S Lotschberg moored at Interlaken Ost
Train arriving into Lauterbrunnen
Steam loco at Rothorn
Broken down train at Planalp
View from Rothorn
View over Brienzersee
Sign in carriage. Excuse Allan’s knee. (Just this once…..)