>> I'm trying to schedule a trip from Interlaken to Montreux in the VIP section but can not figure out what time the trains departs Interlaken, what is the route, etc?
The VIP seats are not on every Golden Pass train. There are only two departures daily in each direction that have the carriage with the VIP seats. From Montreux these are the 9:44 and 15:44 departures; from Zweisimmen, the 12:25 and 18:25 departures.
However, as Lucas has already mentioned, the carriages with VIP seats are being taken out of operation at the beginning of September for renovation. This will last until an as-yet-undetermined date in 2019.
The normal panoramic windows in both first and second class provide wonderful views in any case.
You can make reservations up to 90 days ahead of your travel date on the following site, which allows you to pick your seats:
reservations.mob.ch/re servation/reservation/ reservation/reservatio n/reservation/reservat ion/reservation/reserv ation/reservation/rese rvation/f?p=151:1:85383617194559 18::NO:::
If you wanted an alternative "special experience" between Zweisimmen and Montreux, you could try the historic Belle-Époque trains, which are currently being renovated, but will be brought back into service on 30 June 2018. They will be identified in the SBB timetable as GoldenPass MOB Belle Époque. They are not currently showing up as such in the SBB timetable for your date of travel, but I would expect this to change. The usual departure times from Zweisimmen for the Belle-Époque trains are 11:05 and 16:25. There is more information about the Belle-Époque trains here:
>> There is a row with numbers 2111, 2115, 2117,etc. what does the row means?
They are numbers assigned to specific train departures, to provide a unique identifier for that train on that route at that time. You will see the same numbers in the Swiss Timetable
(Use the one on the right with the red SBB logo.)
>> Another item I can not find is the departure station, West or East/OST station?
This leg of the Golden Pass starts from Interlaken Ost, but also stops at Interlaken West en route. (Interlaken West is the first stop).
>> Looks like my original plan may work better, Interlaken to Zweisimmen on a regular train and then change over to the Panoramic Train.
The train from Interlaken Ost to Zweisimmen is always a normal train. The train with panoramic windows that extend into the ceiling only operates between Zweisimmen and Montreux. They will be back in operation when you are travelling, but (as Lucas has already mentioned), there will be no VIP seats in first class, just the normal first-class seats.