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Swiss Rack Steam

Switzerland has two rack lines which are predominantly steam-operated. The Brienz Rothorn Bahn, to 800mm gauge, opened in 1892, is a commercial enterprise operating the world's most modern steam locomotives. The Furka Bergstrecke (Furka Mountain Section) AG is a preservation society running steam trains over the most mountainous section of the metre gauge Furka Oberalp Bahn, closed after completion of the15.4km Furka Basistunnel in 1992.

Both lines use the double Abt rack and traverse spectacular countryside. The 7.596km (4¾ miles) of the BRB are graded at 1 in 4, climbing 1678m (5505 feet) to the summit of the Rothorn, the tallest mountain in the vicinity, at 2350 metres(7710 feet). The Furka line, route of the famous Glacier Express, has a ruling grade of 1 in 8, and some adhesion sections. The 17.7km between Oberwald and Realp include the highest point on the Furka-Oberalp system, at the Furka Pass. 12.9km, from Realp to Gletsch, have been reopened. The 2-6-0 locomotives, repatriated from Vietnam, cross the famous Steffenbach bridge, which is folded away during the annual winter closure.
Filmed in 2003 and 2005.

This production incorporates the full content of The Brienz Rothorn Bahn.
               
110 m
 
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