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Railways of Jungfrau Region Dvd


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In the very heart of Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, there stands three mountains, the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau.

The tallest of these at over 4,000 metres is the Jungfrau.

Incredibly, a railway stretches towards a saddle called Jungfraujoch, just below the mountain’s summit.

The last 7.1 kilometres are in a tunnel which has its entrance at the base of the terrifying north wall of the Eiger.

Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe.

Feeding the Jungfrau Railway is the longest cogwheel railway in Europe, the Wengenaralp Bahn which climbs from two stations on either side of the mountain, Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg.

Modern green and cream railcars glide up the mountainside whilst tiny ancient electric locomotives look after freight and works trains.

Froun Grund, near Grindelwald, the longest cableway of its kind in Europe soars to the Miinnlichen Massif where you will see a traditional Swiss country festival.

The Bernese Oberland Bahn runs from Interlaken to both Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. It is a combined adhesion and rack metre gauge line with swift trains sweeping through the lush green valleys.

It also has a delightful steam locomotive and Kaiserwagen which is seen in high spirited action.

From Lauterbrunnen, a funicular rises to Grutschalp where passengers change to the metre gauge LMB for a breath-taking ride along the crest of a high cliff on the west side of the Lauterbrunnental to Murren.

From this car free mountain resort another funicular scales the rocks to Allemendhubel for one of the most spectacular mountain views of the world!

Interlaken is the hub of the Berneses Oberland and the Bern-Lotschberg-Simplon Railway arrives from the west around the shores of Lake Thun.

Distinctive brown locomotives haul a mixture of BLS blue and cream carriages and those of the Swiss Federal Railways in green.

From the east the only nationally owned narrow gauge railway, the Burnig Bahn arrives in Interlaken after navigating the shores of Lake Brienz.

On the lake itself a restored coal fired paddle steamer provides a daily service. We take a look on board.

Another funicular rises to Harder Kulm from Interlaken past a zoo where the famous Ibex can be seen.

Lastly, the world renowned Schynige Platte Bahn rises from Wilderswil, two kilometres south of Interlaken to a height of nearly 2,000 metres.

Its ancient rolling stock undertakes a journey which has remained unchanged since the early years of the century.

There is steam as well, of course, storming the mountain slopes.

This is an unrivalled travel experience to the very top of Europe.

A fascinating blend of diverse railways and scenery to enthral and entertain.

Come with us to the spectacular Jungfrau Region!

Full commentary by Paul Brown.

Directed and produced by John Cocking (1990).

Approx. 60 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Videolines.