Regular trains on Glacier Express route off season

Regular trains on Glacier Express route off season

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Chloegoh
Chloegoh
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Apr 1, 2018 - 5:19 PM

Hi, I have booked my trip to Switzerland and planned an itinerary for 12 days. Zurich-lucerne-montreux-zermatt-chur-zurich. I had wanted to take the Golden Pass and Glacier Express.

However, I read that the Glacier Express won't run between Oct and early Dec. So i would have to take the regular trains from Zermatt to Chur on 3 Dec 2018.

1. May I know if the regular trains have open windows that will open to allow me to see the scenery? i can't find pictures of the regular trains and their windows.

2.Will the trains zip by so fast that phototaking is not possible?

3. If i am taking the normal seats, is it safe to get onto a regular train without reservations?

Thanks!

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Apr 1, 2018 - 9:28 PM in reply to Chloegoh

Hello Chloe and Welcome to MySwissAlps,

1. Some trains have opening windows but your fellow travellers may not appreciate you opening them if it is sub-zero outside. 😎

2. The scenery is off in the distance so it should be OK. Even on the Panoramic trains photography can be problematic.

3. Yes.

If you want to follow that route at that time of year your only choice is regular trains. This thread may be useful www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/how-to-take-the-7-day-tour-in-late-october.

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
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Apr 2, 2018 - 2:05 AM in reply to Chloegoh

Hi Chloe,

>> So i would have to take the regular trains from Zermatt to Chur on 3 Dec 2018. 1. May I know if the regular trains have open windows that will open to allow me to see the scenery? i can't find pictures of the regular trains and their windows.

I have attached a photo of a window in a regional train.

You can see photos taken through the (closed) windows of a regional train attached to my post of Jan 9, 2018 - 3:27 AM on the following page:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/planning-3-days-in-switzerland-must-sees

There are some more photos here, some of which were also taken through the closed windows of a regional train:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/train-across-the-oberalppass-on-a-gloomy-day

>> 2.Will the trains zip by so fast that phototaking is not possible?

No, this is a mountain route, single track for most of the way, with climbs, descents, curves and viaducts. It is not a suitable track for high-speed trains. Sometimes the train will stop for a while on a short section of dual track to allow a train from the other direction to pass. It also stops at most stations along the way, unlike the Glacier Express.

>> 3. If i am taking the normal seats, is it safe to get onto a regular train without reservations?

Reservations are not possible on the regional trains. Services leave hourly throughout the day, so there is no shortage of seats.

Alpenrose

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Chloegoh
Chloegoh
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Apr 2, 2018 - 2:37 AM in reply to rockoyster

Thanks so much for the info! I will make good use of the time table in the website for the rest of my planning.

Chloegoh
Chloegoh
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Apr 2, 2018 - 3:21 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hi, I have another query. Besides Andermatt, is there another town along the way to Chur where you think will be open to tourists? My timing in Switzerland seems off. I would like to see sights and some light walks/hikes. Thanks!

*Please ignore attachment. I can't take it out.

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Apr 2, 2018 - 3:47 AM in reply to Chloegoh

Going from Zermatt to Chur, Brig is quite nice. I never stopped anywhere else along the route.

Chloegoh
Chloegoh
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Apr 2, 2018 - 3:50 AM

Thanks!!

rockoyster
rockoyster
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Apr 2, 2018 - 9:56 AM in reply to Alpenrose666

Hi Alpenrose,

I've been wondering for a while at exactly what point one gets promoted. Now I know. Oh, and the earlier "Richie Benaud" Commemorative ranking. See attached.

LOL. My work here is done! 😇

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MaRock
MaRock
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Apr 3, 2018 - 3:41 AM in reply to rockoyster

Hi, Rockoyster

Congratulations to your work and contribution to this Forum.

Arno
Arno
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Apr 3, 2018 - 5:50 PM in reply to rockoyster

Well done Rockoyster! No, your work here is not done :-)

maggiehorswell
maggiehorswell
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Apr 3, 2018 - 11:36 PM

congratulations Rockoyster! And thank you! Love your style as well as the useful info!

Maggie

maggiehorswell
maggiehorswell
552 posts
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Apr 3, 2018 - 11:38 PM in reply to Arno

Hi Arno

You also reached a massive milestone too! Congratulations and thanks!

Maggie

rockoyster
rockoyster
3409 posts
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Apr 4, 2018 - 12:10 AM

Thanks MaRock, Arno and Maggie.

I started off just seeing out how many posts I had to do to click over to expert status. Now I are one!

I've a great deal more to learn and many more trips to Switzerland to take before I could contemplate claiming to be an expert. But if the forum software wants to credit me with that status I won't knock it back.

Meantime I'll keep answering the simple questions and letting truly experienced experts - Alpenrose, Slowpoke, Snowman, Peterlii, Kim and others as well as the moderators fill out the details.

Learning all the time.

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
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Apr 4, 2018 - 7:03 AM in reply to rockoyster

Congratulations! No resting on your laurels though .... :-)

Alpenrose

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