The Brienz-Rothorn Mountain Railway is
notable for a number of reasons. To name a few, it is powered
almost entirely by steam engines, it is one of the steepest
railways in Switzerland - and of course it passes some truly
wonderful scenery on its route from Brienz to the peak of Rothorn
Our journey on the narrow-gauge line begins in the lakeside town
of Brienz. Immediately after departure, Brienz-Rothorn
Mountain Railway begins its steep ascent up the mountain.
The rack-and-pinion line traverses a number of bridges, crossing
the steep, stony mountain trails as it continues to climb. For much
of the route the glittering waters of Lake Brienz can be seen, and
as we climb further, the view becomes yet more dramatic.
We continue through the undulating greenery, with views out to
the surrounding jagged peaks. Before long, we reach the first of
three passing loops for oncoming locomotives, before travelling
through woodland and a series of tunnels hewn from the rock. We
then arrive at the second passing loop; here some of the older
steam engines pause to take on water. Finally we reach the line's
terminus at the summit of Rothorn, 7,362ft above sea level, and
four-and-a-half miles away from our starting point in Brienz.