The steam engine DFB1 "Furkahorn" at Gletsch station - the presently most westerly end of the Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway (Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke) - is getting ready for the afternoon pull over the Furka pass to Realp in the Swiss canton Uri.
This engine, which once belonged to the FOB (Furka Oberalp Bahn) railway company, was brought back from Vietnam (via Hamburg and Meiningen in Germany) in 1990 and began service in July 1993.
Starting at 1760 m (5774 ft) the line ascents at a maximum gradient of 118 per mille to 2160 m (7087 ft) and then descends to 1420 m (4659 ft) and the journey is one hour and 45 minutes long. Highly popular among young and old, a seat reservation is most certainly recommended.
Work is in progress to extend the line to Oberwald (see WS) in the canton Wallis/Valais - thus covering the whole distance of the Furka Basis-tunnel – but new dates are regularly set for completion of the 17,7 kms (11 miles) of railway.
First 2006, then 2008 and now 2010…
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asajernigan (21427) 2008-10-15 17:33
This is a fine shot of this great old engine under full steam. The steam gives the shot a look of power and movement. The lighting and colors are great with nice sharpness and detail. I would like to take a ride on this fine old train!
See You soon,
ktanska (27524) 2008-10-16 0:31
One of those lines I've missed so far...
That famous locomotive looks great, perfectly renovated. This shot combines railways, tourism and mountain landscapes well. All the steam gives nostalgic feeling, but at the same makes exposure quite difficult, especially on this cloudy weather. Maybe just a bit less would be enough, so that we could see more of loco details.
Disabled_A (0) 2008-10-25 0:36
this scene looks nostalgic and arouses thoughts about "good old times" :) ...those times when people were less in a hurry and more concerned about the beauty around them.
Very good composition! I like the steam engine in the clouds of steam :)
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2440)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-07-28
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: OLYMPUS E-510, Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6, JPEG ISO 100, Hoya Super UV
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Narrow gauge railways... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-10-15 17:26