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Onboard the stunning Glacier Express

Last updated on: February 23, 2012 15:46 IST

Onboard the stunning Glacier Express

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The Glacier Express takes tourists on an exhilarating trip through the spectacular Swiss Alps.

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The train is operated jointly by the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) and Rhaetian Railway (RhB).

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The Glacier Express started operations in 1930. The Glacier Express goes on a 7 and a half hour journey across 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass on the highest point at 2,033 m (6,670 ft) in altitude.

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The entire line is metre gauge and large portions of it use a rack-and-pinion system both for the steep grades and to control the descent of the train on steep sides.

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The Glacier Express is famous for its panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, green pastures and breathtaking views of nature.

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The train travels from St. Moritz resort and passes through the world's most photographed mountain, Matterhorn.

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Image: Glacier Express in the Goms valley at winter.


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Landwasser Viaduct, the Rheinschlucht Gorge, the Oberalp Pass, the Furka Tunnel are the major attractions.

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There are two daily Glacier Expresses in winter, but several daily trains in summer, although regular (usually hourly) local trains also operate over all sections of the Glacier Express's route.

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The fare for a second class ticket is 74 pounds (one way), while the first class fare is 124 pounds.

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The Glacier Express uses modern panoramic coaches specially built for the service in 2006.

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Onboard the stunning Glacier Express

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The Glacier Express in front of the Breithorn and Little Matterhorn.

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Sumptuous meals are served onboard.

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A view of Natschen in winter.

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The Glacier Express passes by stunning locales.

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The Glacier Express is popular with tourists from Germany, Japan, and India.


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