(HD Blu-Ray) Swiss Cab-ride: Disentis to Chur
Run-time: 1 h 11mins approx.
A driver's-eye view aboard Glacier Express train no: 904 between Disentis and Chur. This programme is a reverse direction of our Chur to Disentis DVD, which is also available to buy on disc, stream or download.
The Interchange between the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn and the Rhätische Bahn is at Disentis - the starting point for our spectacular cab-ride down the young River Rhein valley to Chur. Our locomotive for the day is Re4/4 electric number 625 and the train: the 09:52 Glacier Express luxury train from Zermatt to St.Moritz. The 30 km between Disentis and Ilanz is split into two parts as we descend gradients of between 1.4 and 2% as the line drops the 430 metres in height down the valley. In part 3 we head from Ilanz through the spectacular Vorderrhein Valley and the breathtaking gorge on our way to the junction at Reichenau-Tamins. We are soon in the wild deep valley cut by the river with rushing water, white rocky walls and wide woods; even the orchids bloom in this little paradise. The gorge can be discovered and explored on foot or by mountain bike, thanks to a dense network of paths, but there are few if any roads. On board the Glacier Express we are a prized and important service having priority over other trains, with our panoramic carriages allowing travellers to immerse themselves in the passing scenery. The final 7 km from Reichenau-Tamins to Chur is a fast double-track railway and the locomotive soon gets into its stride. Filmed in July 2018.