The joint name for the railways in Berner Oberland is Jungfraubahnen [Jungfrau Railways] comprising of six privately owned, spectacular mountain railways. They were all built toward the end of the 19th century and even now, more than a hundred years later, have lost none of their fascination.
All but one are located in the area south of Interlaken, connecting it to well-known tourist resorts like Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Mürren, Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg. And from there, last but not least, the line naming it all - to Jungfraujoch/Top of Europe at 3.454m (11'333ft) and Europe's highest-altitude railway station – the Jungfraubahn (JB) itself.
From Interlaken the Bernese Oberland Railway (BOB) take visitors into the valleys of the Lütschine river to glorious Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen. These two places are connected by the Wengernalp Railway (WAB) - the world's longest continuous cogwheel railway (19km/12mi) - taking passengers to Kleine Scheidegg from both sides; one along the famous Eiger North Wall and the other via Wengen.
My photo shows the new (2005) WAB train 143 arriving at Grindelwald from Grund – the town's second railway station situated at the bottom of the valley – after only a five minute climb. Trains arrive and depart every 30 minutes, and always with a connection to the BOB trains to and from Interlaken.
After a very brief stop the train will return to Grund and further – in opposite direction - up to Kleine Scheidegg, where passengers have to change for the onward journey down to Wengen/Lauterbrunnen. There's a simple reason for these procedures, as safety regulations state that the main cogwheel engine always has to be at the lower end of the train.
Most farmers in the region work part-time at the railway to make a decent income!
Image rotated 0,39°CW, cropped, adjusted levels and curves, increased saturation +10, reduced in cyan -15 and blue-15, ran NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE, sharpened and faded to 40%, framed and saved for Web.
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maphoto (8082) 2005-04-19 19:11
Wow Kaj, delightful, wonderful point of view with wonderful details and lines, great sharpness and very good work, as usual great note, thanks for sharing.
andrepintorj (39) 2005-04-19 19:57
I wish I were thereeeeeeeee!
Great picture and a very interesting note.
Best wishes, André Pinto. Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
MarekP (4750) 2005-04-19 20:15
That's a nice photo. I like how it shows the steep inclination of the railway. Very good composition.
john_c (24666) 2005-04-19 23:57
A powerful image and good capture, Kaj. The clarity and colours are excellent, the motion almost palpable. I like how you have also portrayed for us the track and incline so well. Very well done. Regards.
vlad_ghiea (1086) 2005-04-19 23:59
Interesting composition, colors and sharpness! Well done!
nwoehnl (122) 2005-04-20 14:38
Splendid photo, Kaj. The Oberland winter landscape is classically beautiful, and the yellow-green modern train curving up from the valley makes a very good (and quite powerful) foreground interest. Amazing clarity and very good deep DOF. I also like the inclusion of the red light near the left border of the frame. Well done.
kent_s (1911) 2005-04-21 5:09
What a trainride the feeling inside must be kewl the first time you rid it.
The colors is strong and fan tastic the mountain background stunning and the POV is fabolus.
Really a great pic again Kaj
pamastro (7290) 2005-04-23 1:21
Very sharp and clear, Kaj. And very nice color on the train. The composition works very well for me in this crop. With the train coming up the hill and curving around from the left it links up with the mountains in the back very well. It creates a path that goes over the middle ridge and then up the distant ridge and beyond. I like the red light and overhead wires in a spot that helps with that movement. Nice work, Kaj.
Clochette (8076) 2005-04-23 16:02
Great !!!!! a nice framing, I like the curve made by the train coming from the corner of the pic. And those colors !! Really beautiful, congratulations Kaj !
Stepan (27210) 2005-04-24 4:16
A strange composition ! I think it's the 1st time I see subway/railway in the mountain !!!
Porteplume (3470) 2005-04-25 14:57
First impression is about the incredible sharpnes, especially on the "shinning" train. It makes it looking like a collage, or some 3-D picturing, such a tremendous depth!
* PS: We have no train coming on our little "island" but I still hope to see you here one of thoses days... :o)))
MvS (4163) 2005-04-25 16:35
Effektfullt tågset. Kantigt och färgglatt - mycket linjer blir det.
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orme (7219) 2005-05-01 3:41
Great shot, Kaj. I really like the sense of power that this photo conveys - both through the train pulling its heavy load and through the impressive mountains in the background. Excellent colours and detail. Very well captured.
nst (135) 2005-09-18 1:14
Very nice shot, in which I like the tone of colours and the impression of the train movement.
MLINES (12516) 2006-03-20 19:30
Excellent TE picture here. Good POV looking slightly up makes the vehicle so much more powerful looking. Very good note. Well composed.
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2442)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-14
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Olympus C-750UZ, Olympus 6.3-63mm f/2.8-3.7, JPEG ISO 50
- Exposure: f/5.0, 30 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: CeBIT and Swiss skiing in 2005
- Theme(s): Narrow gauge railways..., Trains [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-04-19 19:07