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Steam Blower working day

Discussion in 'International Heritage Railways/Tramways' started by Romsey, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Romsey

    Romsey Member

    Jul 14, 2007
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    Retired SPM
    Close to Spike Island
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    Yes I am an active volunteer
    The Rhaetian Railway snow blower only operates a couple of times per year for "public operations". Most snow clearance is done by modern equipment, but XROT 9213 is still available for use. Normally the demonstration runs are fully booked some months before the weekends of operation, so it is unusual for it to be advertised by a tour company. If nothing else, the you tube clip is worth watching.
    ( If booked through Swiss Travel Centre, it is possible to extend the holiday and/or take "hold luggage" - at extra cost of course.)

    Cheers, Neil

    "Snow and steam in the Swiss Alps with the 'Bernina Monster'

    Friday 16th February - Monday 19th February 2018

    We are pleased to present you with an opportunity for a wonderful Alpine getaway, replete with a marvel of a machine. Experience Rhaetian Railway's awe-inspiring steam-powered snow blower on the high altitude Bernina line. The sheer might and power of Xrot 9213 will literally blow you away. Built in 1910, this behemoth requires up to 10 men to successfully operate, clearing snow on the high-altitude Bernina Line, a listed UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the few railways to cross the Alps without making use of a tunnel. See the spectacle for yourself on a short break to Switzerland.

    To get a sample of what awaits you, please view this featured video on YouTube:

    Departing on Friday 16th February you will enjoy direct flights from London to Zurich with onward transfers included. You can choose to stay for one night in Chur or Andermatt. You will travel to St Mortiz on board the Glacier Express and onward to Pontresina for two nights accommodation. The Snow Blower excursion will take place on Sunday 18th February. Transferring to Zurich airport on Monday 19th February for your return flight to London.

    • Return flights from UK with hand luggage only
    • All taxes and fees
    • Return rail transfers from Zürich airport & Half Fare Card
    • 1 night in Chur or Andermatt
    • 2 nights in Pontresina
    • Daily breakfast
    • 1 x lunch with drinks included
    • Glacier Express excursion (Chur - St. Moritz or Andermatt - St. Moritz)
    • Snowplough excursion
    Prices start from £862 per person, for a more detailed quote please contact our office at enquiries@railwaytouring.co.uk or 01553 661500.

    Please note that this offer is for independent travellers and not escorted. Space is limited and therefore we recommend booking this short break early.

    Kind regards

    The Railway Touring Company

    Please do not reply to this email it is sent from an automated mailbox, should you have any queries please direct them to enquiries@railwaytouring.co.uk"
  2. Fred Kerr

    Fred Kerr Part of the furniture

    Mar 24, 2006
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    Freelance photo - journalist

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