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UploadedApril 18, 2015
TakenNovember 20, 2011
ModelFinePix S200EXR
Exposure1/550 sec at f/7.1
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Focal Length7.1 mm
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The Bernina Express is a train connecting Chur (or Davos) in Switzerland to Poschiavo and Tirano in Italy by crossing the Swiss Engadin Alps. For most of its journey, the train also runs along the World Heritage Site known as the Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes.

The train is operated by the Rhaetian Railway company for the purpose of sightseeing. It takes the form of an enhanced regional service between Tirano and Chur or Davos: panoramic coaches with enlarged windows and multi-lingual (English, Italian and German) audio guide on board. It is not an express in the sense of being a high-speed train; passengers must make a seat reservation either directly when they purchase Bernina Express tickets, or pay a small supplement on top of their regional train tickets. The Bernina Express is popular with tourists and connects in Tirano with the Post Bus service via Lake Como in Italy to Lugano in Switzerland.

The Albula line and the Bernina line on the Bernina Express's route were jointly declared a World Heritage Site in 2008. The trip on the Bernina Express through this World Heritage Site is a four-hour railway journey across 196 bridges, through 55 tunnels and across the Bernina Pass at 2,253 metres above sea. The entire line is 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) (metre gauge) and electrified.

The Albula line was constructed between 1898 and 1904; it has been operated by the Rhaetian Railway since its auguration. The Bernina line was built between 1908 and 1910 and operated independently until the 1940s, when it was acquired by the Rhaetian Railway. The Bernina Express uses gradients of 7% to negotiate the difference in height of about 1800 meters from the summit at Ospizio Bernina to Tirano.

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  • Kathryn Meyer

    Kathryn Meyer gave props (18 Apr 2015):

    Remarkable scene; the arched bridge adds so much to the photo, and the POV is great!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (18 Apr 2015):

    in this image I like how you played with curves!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (19 Apr 2015):

    Wonderful curves and story, perfect for this theme Geoff!

  • Barbara Socor

    Barbara Socor gave props (19 Apr 2015):

    the "pop" of red curving through this strong composition is terrific...Very nice indeed, Geoff!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (20 Apr 2015):

    Wonderful image and narrative that goes with it...Well done!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (21 Apr 2015):

    Rolling into JPG's Theme Park station!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (21 Apr 2015):

    Love this!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (23 Apr 2015):

    great entry....the best Geoff!!!

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (26 Apr 2015):

    I have heard of the Bernina express and SO want to do this someday... The red train is so cool ! I've flown over the pond before... If I can just get the nerve to make that flight again perhaps I'll be on that red train someday .... Great image, Geoff !

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (27 Apr 2015):

    very cool!

  • Peter Hall

    Peter Hall (Deleted) gave props (29 Apr 2015):

    Geoff I very much enjoy this image so much to take in, curves and all

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (25 Dec 2016):

    Back to vote!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

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