Jungfrau – top of Europe
"The carriages on this train have been re-arranged". Sometimes we find that our European cousins have a better command of the English language than we do. Thus this was, perhaps, the most memorable – and superbly translated (for ease of understanding) – announcement we were to hear occasionally on the stations as we enjoyed another terrific week of travel, food, weather and truly exceptional scenery in Switzerland. This was our fourth week visiting this still stunningly beautiful country.
Base camp for the week was the Ibis Hotel in Fribourg. Arriving into Geneva from Heathrow, our chariot was British Airways A320 Airbus G-EUYM, which had been very recently refurbished to a high standard. Making our way to the station beneath the airport, SBB Cl.460 460063 was in charge of the Luzern train which we took as far as Fribourg. Our hotel was just on the edge of the city so bi-mode trolleybuses on route 1 to Forum Fribourg took us to our hotel. The bi-modes are built by Hess/MAN and use electric trolley mode within the city walls whilst a diesel engine driving the electric motors is employed beyond the walls once the wires run out. These were supplemented by diesel only Mercedes Citaro, as required. Both types were articulated.
Once checked in, the early arrivals made their way back to the station and then took an S30 train out to Yverdon-les-Bains where the main SBB works is situated. We had a wander round the outside but were not able to identify any locomotives inside. It being a hot afternoon, the Kiosk shop on the station beckoned us to procure an ice cream, so we duly obliged. Making our way back to Fribourg, we discovered a Chinese restaurant across the road from the main station for our first dinner of the holiday.
last updated: 06/11/15