December 30, 2009
December 28, 2009
wassen is the smallest station yet, but probably one of the most peculiar ones. sitting in between two tunnel loops, the trains go past the station three times on different heights and gain around 150 metres without even leaving the village.
the loops brought extraordinary fame to the small church of wassen, which can be seen three times from different perspectives while the train wriggles itself around the village.
after the track builders lost their sense of direction shortly in great fog, they reached göschenen at 1 106 metres above sea level.
December 21, 2009
December 20, 2009
December 17, 2009
December 15, 2009
and do you know what is being manufactured in the tiny remote village of gurtnellen?
no really, some parts of the rocket engines are being made there by the small company schmelzmetall ag.
as you'd expect from rocket scientists, they are based in an old and abandoned looking building and can't even be reached by truck. so the rocket engines (well, parts of them) leave gurtnellen on the gotthard railway!