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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 10:01 am 
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Friday July 30 marked an important step toward a RhB visitor center and museum in Berguen on the Albula line.
The Swiss Army sold ist Berguen arsenal, a 1919 building with 7400 sqm of land to the Rhaetische Bahn, which then leased it to the ?Verein Bahnhistorisches Museum Albula?. If you are familiar with the locale, the arsenal is the huge building fronting the Berguen station square. Its grounds include the spot where C-C locomotive 407 is displayed.

Your correspondent may add that this gives him and many of his friends a huge personal satisfaction after years of looking for a home for the RhB rolling stock collection.

The next step, already under way, is a contest among selected architectural firms to add a covered space for rolling stock.

This development, together with the pending application of the Albula and Bernina lines for the status of UNESCO world heritage sites, also shows the committment of RhB management to their technical and cultural heritage. (and the hope, I may add, to attract tourists to a line with world heritage status).

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Hi Gion,

Thanks for the update! That should be the cat's meow!

Do you know what's happening on the Berg?n-Filisur "Bahnlehrpfad"?
We hiked that portion in '89, but it sure wasn't the same as Preda-Berg?n.

For those who don't know, Preda-Berg?n is the section on the Albula line which has the stacked spiral tunnels, bridges galore etc. etc.
There is a hiking path which follows the rail line and there are dozens of good photo spots. Even more if you're prepared to hike up the valley sides a bit.

And the latest wrinkle - this is part of the package we're booking for this Fall - one can rent scooters (the foot powered variety) at Preda and doodle down the Albula road to Berg?n. Of course this is the same stretch that is used as a toboggan run in the winter. Should be fun!

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The Berguen-Filisur trail should be open by now as a walking trail, but without any interpretive signs and such. That part is not as spectacular as the Preda-Berguen part, but it has other highlights. My favorite is Stugl station, a time capsule of a small-town station with station building, barns, outhouse, washing house, and a genuine worker's cabin from the days when the Albula tunnel was built. From Stugl the trail descends to the valley floor and doesn't offer any photo locations.
I urge anyone using the trail to stop at the Bellaluna inn, a onetime mining heaquarters building, www.bellaluna.ch.
A future development will be to build a stairway from the valley floor up to track level on a photo location for the Stulsertobel viaduct, using the right-of way of an inclined plane used in the railroad's construction.
From Bellluna it's a more or less level walk to Filisur town, from where you may add a walk to Landwasser viaduct or to the Greifenstein spiral tunnel and castle.

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Nice video of the Om layout progress
http://youtu.be/IVNTwVEgMas

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:36 am 
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Wow. Really gorgeous scenery on that, the stone work and the tunnels are so nicely done and the buildings are beautiful. Very realistic.
Excellent!
Great news about the museum. Nice to go from military to serving the public in a peaceful way.;-)


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