>> Travel by train ... July 17 ... GoldenPass schedule looks like it stops alot? We would travel from Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken Ost to Zweisimmen and then Zweisimmen to Montreaux
Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken Ost is not part of the Golden Pass route.
You would join the Golden Pass route at Interlaken Ost, and change to the panoramic train at Zweisimmen. It's an easy, straightforward change at a very small station, and there are no stairs to negotiate.
The same train cannot at present run all the way between Interlaken Ost and Montreux because the gauge of the railway track changes at Zweisimmen.
Reservations are not compulsory, but definitely recommended for the sector Zweisimmen to Montreux in July, which will be very busy. You can make reservations up to 90 days in advance of your travel date on the following site:
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>> all construction should be done by then correct?
Yes, but they always get you in the end ;-)
Read below about the Train des Vignes!
>> Or take the train from Interlaken Ost to Spiez/VISP etc or is there another option?
This route goes through the Lötschberg-Basistunnel. You will travel through the tunnel for about 35 km, missing the mountain scenery.
To avoid this long tunnel, and enjoy the beautiful scenery, you need to plan a route via Kandersteg.
>> We will have arrived Lauterbrauunen from Zermatt so the second option we would have seen the countryside already...
What route are you taking from Zermatt to Lauterbrunnen?
>> Where do I findinformation on the Chocolate and Cheese?
I suppose you mean the trains.
The Cheese Train is a winter thing. It runs between January and March, so it won't be an option in July.
The Chocolate Train is sold as an excursion package, including return first-class train travel, transfers by bus from Gruyères station to the village; and then on to the chocolate factory in Broc after a break of 2.5 hours. Coffee and a chocolate croissant is also provided. It runs daily in July.
As an alternative, you can take normal trains along the same route, but would use the train for the transfer between Gruyères and Broc instead of the bus. The stop for the cheese factory is Gruyères gare, and the stop for the chocolate factory is Broc-Fabrique. They are both on the same train line. You can use the Swiss Timetable to plan your trip:
(Use the timetable on the right with the red SBB logo)
>> Train des Vignes (vineyard train) which rolls through the vineyards? And the Lavaua vineyards train?
This train is affected by construction works for the period 7 July to 26 August 2018, and won't be running. A bus replacement service will operate, calling in at all the same stations at which the train normally stops.
I think the scenery will be equally beautiful viewed from the bus, so I would still be inclined to do this trip by bus. It is very short - less than half-an-hour.
The Train des Vignes runs from Vevey to Puidoux-Chexbres. You can continue from Puidoux-Chexbres to Lausanne along an equally beautiful route (about 15 minutes). Bus replacement services are also running on this route for the same period, due to construction works.
If you are interested in seeing photos of these trips, you can see them attached to my post of May 19, 2017 - 4:32 AM on the following page: