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Swiss Alpine Railways Dvd: The BLS


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Swiss Alpine Railways, The BLS – Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon Line Dvd.

The wonderful mountain section of the Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon line is under threat. Early in 1998 work started on a base tunnel which, when open, will make the section between Blausee-Mitholz and Brig obsolete. Perhaps the line will be singled and used for local and tourist traffic only.

Gone will be the heavy freight trains with up to four new Re465 locomotives, gone will be the EuroCity trains from northern European cities, over the BLS and on into Italy via the Simplon Tunnel. For the moment these superb international trains can still be seen on what is one of the world’s most spectacular railway lines.

The BLS has an extensive car-carrying operation through the Lötschberg Tunnel as there is no alternative road. This is shown in detail together with all the trains which ply this historic Alpine route. Also shown, of course, is Switzerland’s magnificent scenery through which the railway runs.

Filmed in 1998 on broadcast Betacam. In full colour.

Commentary by John Cocking.

Approx. 60 minutes.

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