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Rhatische Bahn 1989 Dvd: Swiss Railways
1989 is a milestone for the Swiss narrow gauge Rhatische Bahn which celebrates its 100th birthday in 1989.
From a moment in 1872 when a Dutchman, Willem Jan Holsboer, conceived an idea of a branch line from Landquart to Davos the RhB has grown to a network of 375 kilometres through some of the widest mountains in Switzerland.
There are 115 tunnels and snow galleries covering its metre gauge tracks and 485 bridges, many of which soar across deep Alpine ravines.
The railway’s bright red trains are a favourite of travellers and railway enthusiasts.
Many of its passenger trains are legendary, particularly the Glacier, Bernina and Engadine expresses.
The railway’s ancient crocodile locomotives are now rather rare but these feature heavily in this documentary as does the line’s oldest steam engine, Number One, which has returned to the line where it began service a century ago.
We visit the main three celebrations in 1989, the opening ceremony in Chur with visiting standard gauge trains from Switzerland and Germany including the TEE Gotthardo and the ICE, the festival of transport in the Prattigau and the event in between Poschiavo and Tirano.
The famous Italian ‘Pendolino’ shuttled in and out of Tirano, connecting with the Bernina line’s ‘Asnin’ at the latter event.
We take a look at virtually the whole of the railway and its current operations, especially the world renowned Albula and Bernina lines.
This is a programme not to be missed by fans of the marvellous Rhatische Bahn.
Full commentary by Martin Oldfield
Directed & Produced by John Cocking (1989).
Approx. 60 minutes.
This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Videolines.