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Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines

Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes (partly in Italy): The Rhaetian Railway is regarded as one of the most spectacular railway networks in the world. The Rhaetian Railway brings together several historic railway lines in the Alps, among them the Albula Railway and Bernina Railway. The Bernina Railway is connecting Switzerland to Italy. The construction of the Albula Railway Line started in 1898. After five yaers of construction, the spectacular line between Thusis and Sankt Moritz was opened. The 67 km long line is a masterpiece of railway engineering. The Albula Railway passes over 55 bridges, through 39 tunnels and climbs over 1,000 metres in altitude. The 61 km long Bernina Railway connects Chur, Davos and Sankt Moritz in Switzerland with Tirano in Italy via the Bernina Pass. The Bernina Railway was opened in several sections, the whole line was opened in 1910, when the most difficult section between Bernina Suot and Poschiavo was completed. On its route, the Bernina Railway Line passes the Morteratsch glacier and climbs across the 2253 metres high Bernina Pass, the highest railway pass in Europe. The Bernina Railway winds down to Poschiavo and Tirano, passing the spiral viaduct near Brusio. The Albula Railway and Bernina Railway were very important to overcome the isolation of the remote villages in the Alps in the early 20th century. The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2008. Another Alpine railway on the UNESCO World Heritage List: Semmering Railway in Austria

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Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Solis Viaduct was constructed in 1902 for the Rhaetian Railway. The...

Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Solis Viaduct was constructed in 1902 for the Rhaetian Railway. The viaduct spans the Albula River, the viaduct is 89 meters high and 164 meters long. The Solis Viaduct, in German the Soliser Viadukt, is part of the Albula railway between the Swiss villages Thusis and Tiefencastel. The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.

  1. Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Solis Viaduct was constructed in 1902 for the Rhaetian Railway. The...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Solis Viaduct was constructed in 1902 for the Rhaetian Railway. The viaduct spans the Albula River, the viaduct is 89 meters high and 164 meters long. The Solis Viaduct, in German the Soliser Viadukt, is part of the Albula railway between the Swiss villages Thusis and Tiefencastel. The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.

  2. Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The eleven-arched limestone Solis Viaduct is a single-track railway viaduct. The Solis...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The eleven-arched limestone Solis Viaduct is a single-track railway viaduct. The Solis Viaduct is the highest viaduct on the Rhaetian Railway, the Solis Viaduct has the widest span of all the bridges on the Albula Line. The main arch over the Albula River spans 42 metres, the smaller arches are ranging from 8 metres to 10 metres. The Solis Viaduct is situated east of the hamlet of Solis in the Swiss canton Graubünden.

  3. Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The railway station of Tiefencastel. The station is situated on the Albula Line...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The railway station of Tiefencastel. The station is situated on the Albula Line from Chur to Sankt Moritz. Tiefencastel is situated in the Albula Valley. There is 1,000 metres difference in height between Tiefencastel, where the Albula Valley begins and the mountain village of Preda, where the Albula Pass begins. The Albula Railway passes over 55 bridges, through 39 tunnels and climbs over 1,000 metres in altitude. 

  4. Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: A train on the Landwasser Viaduct outside Filisur. The Landwasser Viaduct is the most...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: A train on the Landwasser Viaduct outside Filisur. The Landwasser Viaduct is the most famous viaduct of the Albula Line. It seems like the trains disappear straight into the rock face as they enter the 216 meter long Landwasser Tunnel. The 67 km long Albula Line was opened in 1904. The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2008.

  5. Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The single-track Landwasser Viaduct. The 65 meters high Landwasser Viaduct is the most...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The single-track Landwasser Viaduct. The 65 meters high Landwasser Viaduct is the most famous viaduct of the Albula Line. The town of Sankt Moritz was already a magnet for the rich and famous back in the 1920s and 1930s. As the road over the Julier Pass was closed in winter, the rich and famous travelled on the Albula Line over the Landwasser Viaduct to Sankt Moritz.

  6. Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Glacier Express crossing over the Schmittentobel Viaduct. The Schmittentobel Viaduct...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Glacier Express crossing over the Schmittentobel Viaduct. The Schmittentobel Viaduct is 36 metres high and 120 metres long. The viaduct was opened in 1903 by the Rhaetian Railway. The viaduct is situated on the Albula Line between the villages Tiefencastel and Filisur. A little further along the Albula Line towards Filisur is the famous Landwasser Viaduct.

  7. Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: A train passes through the tunnel between the Schmittentobel Viaduct and the Landwasser...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: A train passes through the tunnel between the Schmittentobel Viaduct and the Landwasser Viaduct. In addition to the normal passenger and goods trains, two tourist expresses travel the Albula Line, the Glacier Express and Bernina Expess. The Rhaetian Railway is also known as 'Die kleine Rote', the Little Red One. The Albula Line is a section of the Rhaetian Railway that runs from Thusis to Sankt Moritz.

  8. Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Albula Pass is a mountain pass in the Swiss canton Graubünden. The road and the...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Albula Pass is a mountain pass in the Swiss canton Graubünden. The road and the railway on the Albula Pass are spectacular in some places. The navigation system shows how the Albula Railway Line crosses the 2315 metres high Albula Pass. Several spiral loops and tunnels have been built to allow the trains to gain height. The Rhaetian Railway is one of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps.

  9. Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Albula Viaduct III between Bergün and Preda. A new Alpine tunnel between Preda and...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Albula Viaduct III between Bergün and Preda. A new Alpine tunnel between Preda and Spinas is being constructed paralell to the Albula Tunnel that was opened in 1903. In the future, the old Albula Tunnel will become the emergency tunnel. The tunnel will be connected to the new Albula Tunnel in twelve places for evacuations. The new tunnel should be ready in 2023.

  10. Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: A Rhaetian Railway station in La Punt Chamues- ch. The Rhaetian Railway is the...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: A Rhaetian Railway station in La Punt Chamues- ch. The Rhaetian Railway is the largest Alpine railway in Switserland, it consists of several railway lines, two of them are the Albula Railway Line and Bernina Railway Line. Two well-known tourist expresses travel the Albula Line, the Glacier Express and Bernina Expess. Also normal passenger and goods trains travel the Albula Line.