Feb 28, 2017 - 4:36 AM
in reply to Woodies2
>> Your suggestion to travel from St Moritz (in our case from Pontresina) via Sagliains-Klosters on our way to Zurich looks like a great alternative to returning to Chur the same route as the GEX.
That alternative route back to Zürich from Pontresina is a very nice trip!
For most of the trip between Pontresina and Sagliains, I think the best views are on the right. Shortly after Cinuos-chel-Brail, you might get a view on the right of the Val Mela viaduct over the River Inn, which the train will cross. If you are on the left as you go over the viaduct, you will have the best view of the river gorge.
Shortly afterwards, as the train approaches a tunnel, you might notice a white plaque on the wall of the tunnel entrance on the left hand side. Travelling past in the train, you won’t have time to read it, but it is a memorial to 12 Italian workers who lost their lives in 1911 while building the viaduct. Apparently a drilling rig collapsed into the gorge.
At Sagliains, the train turns north-west and goes through the Vereina Tunnel for about 20 minutes. At the end of the tunnel you emerge at Klosters.
The sector between Klosters Platz and Küblis is very pretty: the train travels high on the side of the valley. Sit on the left for the best views.
Just after Klosters Dorf, there is a beautiful-looking modern bridge, the Sunniberg bridge, on the left hand side. You can see it from quite a distance as you approach it, then shortly afterwards the train travels right past the end of it.
After Küblis, the train travels along the valley floor, and there is more evidence of commercial and industrial activity.
I have attached some photos to give you a taste of this route! It’s called the “Engadine Star” route, but you don’t hear much about it. The trains are just normal regional trains of the Rhätische Bahn.
The first batch of photos were taken in early October 2016 on the sector Sameden to Sagliains.
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