the myths of time

By: snowgood

Oct 29 2014

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Category: Photography, Travel

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Aperture:f/14
Focal Length:41mm
ISO:500
Shutter:1/125 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

We enjoyed our time on the Swiss railway network.

Later I’ll show you Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station.

It’s on the top of an inhospitable mountain range flanked by the Eiger, the Mõnch, and Jungfrau.

The trains disgorge thousands of tourists each year at a height of 11,782 feet.

That’s nearly 2 miles higher than Interlaken which is less than 10 miles away down in the glacial plain.

Our politicians here can’t agree on the merits of a multi-billion HS2 raillink.

What utterly gobsmacking about this railway is that isn’t even a recent civil engineering achievement, it was built 102 years ago!

“Ordinary” Swiss folk with pick axes were carving out a railway without oxygen, and destination was just an icy ridge.

All of this is incredible BUT, don’t believe all you hear about Swiss railways.

Folk will tell you, “Swiss trains run like clockwork”.

They didn’t when we were there last week.

Our return trip from Grindelwald had a train a driver, and a handful of passengers.

It trundled out of the station six minutes late.

Our express to Basel was ran five minutes behind schedule, and many of the carriages had doors that didn’t function.

Not that I’m complaining, we were on holiday and made all our connections.

 

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