Saturday, October 1, 2016

Day 20–Dampfbahn Furka Burgstreke

Today was an adventure on the Dampfbahn Furka Burgstreke. the DFB is a narrow gauge stream railroad. We got on an early train to Goshenen, where we transferred to the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. After a quick ride up the hill from Goshenen to Andermatt we transferred trains to one to Oberalp to catch the DFB steam train. After a short walk from the MGB station to the DFB station we saw their small yard with a variety of rolling stock including some MGB and ex MGB equipment there. The steam train ride over Furka pass was nice, with a couple of photo stops made inroute, and a small stop for snacks at Furka. The day we rode was their second to last day of operation for the season, and they have a removable bridge they will fold up for avalanche control. Several more ex MGB cars were spotted stored along the line, they were center door SIG cars from what appeared to be the 1960s or 1970s, so im not sure if they planned to run them in service as is someday, or use them for spare parts for historical recreations of cars. I’m guessing the latter. After we arrived at Realp we boarded a train to Zermatt with a transfer in Visp. Our ticket we bought from the SBB in Luzern was from Realp to Brig via Brig and Zermatt. After we transferred trains in Visp to the Zermatt train the conductor was unsure of our tickets but let us ride anyway. She said that’s not normally how they are sold, which was probably the truth but that’s what we had. After arriving in Zermatt we wandered around town looking for food, which we found at a local McDonalds, and souvenirs and pictures of the Matterhorn, which we also found around town. The trip back was uneventful, we boarded the train to visp, the conductor after reading our tickets did not have any problems with them just told us to change trains in Visp, and away we went. After arriving in Visp we boarded an SBB train to Bern, and made a 3-minute connection from platform 2 to platform 7 for the train to Lucerne. Both were ran with IC 2000 double deck cars.2016-09-30 11.04.43
DFB at Furka

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DFB At Furka

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DFB at Realp

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