Andermatt and the Furka-Oberalp-Bahn, Schweiz

1990

We visited Andermatt mainly for cross-country skiing. Unfortunately, the snow conditions were not very good. But Andermatt is a station of the Furka-Oberalp-Bahn, a part of the famous Glacier Express Route. It was possible to use the trains at reasonable prices and go to the Oberalppass, where the snow was much better. So we could combine skiing and train riding, and enjoyed this pleasure almost every day.

East of Andermatt a steep ascent began. The locomotive works as a cog engine to master the height difference in switchbacks.

When the train had reached the plateau, normal traction is used on the section to the Oberalppass. Beyond the pass the tracks enter a tunnel. At about 3 p.m. the skiers waited for the train to bring them down again, while a combined car and passenger train waits at the entrance of the tunnel.



We had beautiful weather at the eastern side of the tunnel, when we took this photo of an Furka-Oberalp train.