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Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines

Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes (partly located in Switzerland): The Rhaetian Railway is regarded as one of the most spectacular railway lines in the world. The Rhaetian Railway brings together two historic railway in the Alps, the Albula Railway and the Bernina Railway, a mountain railroad network whose lines connect Switzerland to Italy. The construction of the Albula Railway started in 1898. In 1903, after five yaers of construction, the spectacular railway line between Thusis and St. 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. Together with the Albula Railway, the Bernina Railway is one of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps. The Bernina Railway connects Chur, Davos and St. Moritz in Switzerland with Tirano in Italy, via the Bernina Pass. The 61 km long 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 passes the Morteratsch glacier and climbs across the highest railway pass in Europe, the 2253 metres high Bernina Pass. The Bernina Railway winds down to Poschiavo and Tirano, passing the helical viaduct near Brusio. The Albula Railway and the Bernina Railway were important to overcome the isolation of the numerous villages in the Swiss Alps in the early 20th century. The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2008. Another Alpine railway on the UNESCO World Heritage List: The Semmering Railway in Austria.

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Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Soliser Viadukt, the Solis Viaduct. The Solis Viaduct was built in 1902. The Solis...

Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Soliser Viadukt, the Solis Viaduct. The Solis Viaduct was built in 1902. The Solis Viaduct spans the Albula River. It is 89 metres high and 164 meters long and is part of Albula Railway between Thusis and Tiefencastel, the Albula Line and Bernina Line are part of the historic Rhaetian Railway. The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2008.

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

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Soliser Viadukt, the Solis Viaduct. The Solis Viaduct was built in 1902. The Solis Viaduct spans the Albula River. It is 89 metres high and 164 meters long and is part of Albula Railway between Thusis and Tiefencastel, the Albula Line and Bernina Line are part of the historic Rhaetian Railway. The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2008.

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

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: A train on the Landwasser Viaduct outside Filisur. The viaduct is one of the most important and best-known construction of the Albula Line. The Albula Line is part of the network of the Rhaetian Railway. The 65 metres high Landwasser Viaduct is curved, it seems like the trains disappear straight into the rock face as they enter the 216 metres long Landwasser Tunnel.

  3. Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: On the navigation system, the Albula line near the Albula Pass. Several spiral loops...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: On the navigation system, the Albula line near the Albula Pass. Several spiral loops help trains to gain height. The public road that crosses the 2315 metres high Albula Pass is closed in winter. The Rhaetian Railway runs in summer and winter.

  4. Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Glacier Express is crossing the Schmittentobel Viaduct near Filisur. The Schmittentobel...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The Glacier Express is crossing the Schmittentobel Viaduct near Filisur. The Schmittentobel Viaduct is 36 metres high and 120 metres long, it is situated on the Albula Line between Tiefencastel and Filisur. 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: A train on the Landwasser Viaduct. In addition to the passenger and goods trains, two...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: A train on the Landwasser Viaduct. In addition to the passenger and goods trains, two well-known tourist expresses travel the Albula Line, the Glacier Express and Bernina Expess. The famous Glacier Express has been operating between St. Moritz and Zermatt since 1930. The Bernina Express started running from Chur via Pontresina and the Bernina Pass down to the town of Tirano in Italy in 1973.

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

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: A train enters the tunnel between the Schmittentobel Viaduct and the Landwasser Viaduct. The Albula Railway passes over 55 bridges, through 39 tunnels and climbs over 1,000 metres in altitude. The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes became an UNESCO World Heritage in 2008.

  7. Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and Bernina Lines - Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The railway station of Tirano in Italy. The Bernina Line connects Switzerland  ...

    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes: The railway station of Tirano in Italy. The Bernina Line connects Switzerland with Italy via the highest railway pass in Europe, the Bernina Pass. The Bernina Line was opened in several sections. When the most difficult section between Bernina Suot and Poschiavo was completed in 1910, the whole line was opened.