A world-class, scenic railway: the Bernina Express and its terminus, the city of Chur.
1 A highlight of the trip: the Bernina Express passes over a viaduct before entering a tunnel. (Image from the web - it's hard to take pics of your own train while you are on it!)
2 The Bernina Express route that we followed went south from Chur to Tirano, just across the border into Italy.
3 Chur - said to be the oldest city in Switzerland (image from the web). We could see the bell tower of the church, middle left, from our hotel room window.
4 Pedestrian only street in old town Chur.
5 We're heading towards an old church at the end of the street.
6 Church tower in the old part of Chur.
7 Statue in front of church. We ate dinner at the sidewalk cafe, visible on the left.
8 A coaster from the sidewalk cafe.
9 Street going towards the church - streets in the old section of the city are open only to pedestrians.
10 Intricate brick work on the street.
11 Whimsical wood carvings in front of a government building.
13 A fanciful wood carving along the way in the old town.
14 Play area for kids in downtown Chur.
15 The entrance to the Chur train station has a neon light which portrays the outline of a map of Switzerland.
16 Scantily clad manikins in the Chur shopping district.
17 Bench made from snow boards.
18 Another fanciful carving of an animal playing a guitar.
19 Public restrooms in Chur, Switzerland.
20 We approach the famous, spiral, Bursio viaduct in Bursio, Switzerland. The viaduct was built to lengthen the track and ease the descent as well as with an eye towards making it attractive to tourists riding the Bernina Express.
21 The Bernina Express travels the famous spiral viaduct. In this image, the tracks curve around to the right and pass back under the viaduct under the point at which the front of the train is traveling.
22 The Bernina Express passes over the world famous Brusio Viaduct (credit). The stone viaduct bridge spans 360 ft (110 m) over 9 arches, each of which span 33 ft (10 m).
23 We continue down the viaduct spiral.
24 We round a sharp curve en route to Tirano.
25 Passing under the spiral viaduct.
26 Leaving the viaduct behind.
27 On the return trip, we climbed back up the spiral.
28 Much of the railway is one-track so our train had to go onto a side track to let an oncoming train pass by.
30 Betty takes a picture of the Bernina Express approaching a viaduct with Roger's reflection in the train window.
31 A young conductress checks tickets on the Bernina Express.
32 This fellow takes orders for drinks and snacks on the Express. The youngest and prettiest / most handsome people worked on this famous train.
33 Betty catches Roger checking his cell phone - probably looking at a map of progress on the trip.
34 A German couple ham it up during the trip.
35 View from high on a mountain side looking across a valley; there's a lake in the middle foreground fed by the river cascading down the mountain on the opposite side.
36 Lago (Lake) Bianco viewed through rain drops on the train window. The green hue of the lake water is due to small particles of rocks washed down from glacier runoff.
37 The Bernina Express passes Lago Bianco (image from the web).
38 View of a valley village.
39 We passed over river and highways in the valley below, traveling on a remarkably high viaduct.
40 A highway with an avalanche shelter parallels the railway.
41 Water is conveyed down the mountain side.
42 Church spire viewed from train window.
46 As seen before, e.g., in pictures from Zermatt, this building has thick, stone slabs forming its roof.
49 At the end of the Bernina Express line in Tirano, Italy - we had - guess what? PIZZA, of course.
50 The Bernina Express is part of the Rhatsche Bahn (rail road).