My love of mountains, trees and steam trains comes together on the BRB! This narrow gauge track goes up the Rothorn from the lakeside town of Brienz. Almost all the engines are steam – little engines which push the two coaches up the mountain.
The first few hundred metres is through the town…
… and then the lake comes in view.
Soon the track snakes through the trees.
At this time of year the colours are amazing, and when I went up there was the added effect of the low cloud acting as mist.
Just as the mist thinned we came to one of the crossing points, where the track doubles to let the up and down trains cross.
Then on up out of the mist to glorious sunshine on the mountain tops.
Towards the top, we could see back to the cloud in the valley from where we had come.
At the top most folk went off to eat. I took photos of the trains…!
I then walked a short way up to the ridge, where there was a bench. Turn one way and you have this view:
Turn the other way and you have this:
And turn a bit further to see this:
I was up the top for a quite a while, and there was wall-to-wall sunshine the whole time. Great fun!