Furka Mountain Route - Steam Railway

Oberwald – Realp

Furka Mountain Route

Furka Mountain Route

Furkapass

Furkapass

Furkapass, Goms

Furkapass, Goms

Räterichsboden: Grimsel Richtung Aaretal

Räterichsboden: Grimsel Richtung Aaretal

Oberwald: Obergoms - Hungerberg

Oberwald: Obergoms - Hungerberg

Gletsch: Rhonegletscher

Gletsch: Rhonegletscher

Gletsch: mit dem Bahnhof der Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke

Gletsch: mit dem Bahnhof der Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke

Oberwald: Blick zu den Bahnhöfen der Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke und der Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn

Oberwald: Blick zu den Bahnhöfen der Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke und der Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn

Tiefenbach › Süd-Ost: Schafberg

Tiefenbach › Süd-Ost: Schafberg

Albert Heim Hütte: Schafberg

Albert Heim Hütte: Schafberg

Realp: mit dem Bahnhof der Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke DFB

Realp: mit dem Bahnhof der Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke DFB

Tiefenbach: Blick vom Weiler - zum Furkapass

Tiefenbach: Blick vom Weiler - zum Furkapass

The Furka mountain route was supposed to be shut down. Since the opening of the Furka base tunnel in the year 1982 it is actually no longer required. Thanks to railway enthusiasts from Switzerland and abroad, however, this beautiful line has been preserved.

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It took more than 25 years of hard work to renovate the full length of the old Furka mountain route for use by steam trains. Today, nostalgic steam locomotives and original restored passenger carriages run from June to September on the cograil sections from Oberwald via Gletsch to Realp in the canton of Uri.

Since 2010, trains have once again made their way steeply uphill over boldly constructed viaducts and through a narrow, winding tunnel from Oberwald in the Goms Valley to Gletsch, before ascending a 118 per mille gradient towards the Mutt Glacier, past the foreland of the Rhone Glacier. Between the stations of Muttbach and Furka, the train passes through the 1,874m-long Furka Summit Tunnel, then descends to Realp in the Urserental valley amid the flowery Alpine meadows and over the Steffenbach folding bridge.

The romance of steam in the Swiss Alps: just as they were 100 years ago, the locomotives are fired by coal and supplied with water.

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