May 11, 2016 - 3:14 PM
in reply to macyclaire
Hi Macyclaire -
<<"Would you be able to tell me if the train ride from Lauterbrunnen to
Wengen to Jungfraujoch has any portions where the train is right on the
edge of a mountain">>
I don't really understand what you mean by the edge of a mountain.
All the mountain railways climb slopes on routes dug into the side of the slope as they go up, and most have switchbacks. So, on one side of the train you typically have cliff side or mountain side going upwards; on the other, a view over a valley.
Grindelwald to KS has less of that. LB to Wengen has only a little and it is not really on the edge of a cliff. Wengen to KS is on the side slope of a mountain(s) .
rütschalp to Mürren runs along or near the edge of the plateau, but always has views on the uphill side of mountains, etc.
Play with this excellent map. Zoom in and look at the altitude profiles/contour lines near the tracks for steep areas. Closely spaced contour lines mean a steep slope. You can tell if it is up or down by looking for altitude markers along the lines somewhere.. If the track crosses contour lines at something near a right angle, you are usually going up or down a wide slope (as for parts of the trip from Grindelwald to KS), but may also find something running along the top of a ridge. That is much more common for trails ( people like ridge walks) than for trains. An example of ridge walk is at Fulegg, just west of Faulhorn. Zoom in.
if you look between Wengen and Männlichen on this map, you can compare the contours on the map with the photographs I posted, to give you an idea of how the map matches the reality.
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