At an altitude of 1.479m (4'852ft) above sea level – and 680m (2'230ft) above the Lauterbrunnen valley - Allmend is mostly known as the starting point of the Lauberhornrennen Slalom Race taking place every year in January. It's also a station along the Wengernalp Railway (WAB) between Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg.
Here the uphill and downhill trains meet with an interval of 20 – 30 minutes, as there are no fixed intervals at this part of the railway. The switch of the trains into separate tracks is handled manually, although remote control is gradually introduced along the line.
A good many farmers in the region are working part-time at the railway. This way tourism - which is responsible for more than 90% of the turnover - help support farming to survive. The word Allmend means 'common land' – an area of fields or meadows under the joint care of a community.
Today this might look like a 'sunshine job', but sometimes it's hard work and the safety aspects are important. Not least with sudden weather changes and the surrounding mountains always meaning an avalanche risk. Only in 1999 the tracks here were destroyed twice in February and the nearby mountain restaurant was totally demolished.
However this "four o'clock" for Kleine Scheidegg is "out" on time!
Image cropped, adjusted levels and curves, increased saturation +10, reduced in blue –50 (and lightness –30), ran NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE, sharpened and faded to 40%, framed and saved for Web.
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maphoto (8082) 2005-06-11 23:11
Hi Kaj, interesting shot and nicely framed, also quite refreshing for me today, we had around 34°C, 41 with humidity....going to the F1 grand prix tomorrow with the same weather ! Thanks for sharing this photo, the contrast is excellent with a nice view on tye mountain in teh back. I like the man position and with the yellow and orange, this adds nice colors to the scene. Have a nice day.
orme (7215) 2005-06-13 3:10
The way the man is standing and his 'cool' sunglasses make this an interesting shot, Kaj. I don't know if he knows you are taking the photo or he is just deep in thought. The yellow and orange colours add to the scene. You captured the light and shade nicely - especially on the wall of snow behind the man. Well framed.
pamastro (7290) 2005-06-16 0:49
It certainly makes it look like a leisurely job but I can imagine the sudden weather changes and temperature changes. And of course it could be somewhat boring waiting for the trains. And to me that's the look you have captured here with his stance. The composition is really neat. At first I thought it was a pole in the shot but now I realize you were on the train and we are seeing the reflection on the left. Nicely done capturing this unique scene along the trip.
sothy81 (9588) 2006-11-27 21:28
Hi Kaj, this is such a great picture. I love the colors. They are so pretty. I also like your title. That is interesting. Wonderful work. Sothy
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2434)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-15
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Olympus C-750UZ, Olympus 6.3-63mm f/2.8-3.7, JPEG ISO 50
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: CeBIT and Swiss skiing in 2005
- Theme(s): Narrow gauge railways... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-06-11 12:34