Eigerwand railway station

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Eigerwand
StationEigerwand.jpg
LocationEigerwand
Grindelwald, Bern
Switzerland
Coordinates46°34′52″N 08°00′13″E / 46.58111°N 8.00361°E / 46.58111; 8.00361Coordinates: 46°34′52″N 08°00′13″E / 46.58111°N 8.00361°E / 46.58111; 8.00361
Elevation2,864 m (9,396 ft)[1]
Line(s)Jungfraubahn
History
Opened28 June 1903
Services
Preceding station Jungfraubahn AG Following station
Eigergletscher Jungfrau Railway Eismeer
towards Jungfraujoch
Location
Eigerwand is located in Switzerland
Eigerwand
Eigerwand
Location in Switzerland
Grindelwald seen from the Eigerwand window

Eigerwand is an underground railway station on the Jungfrau railway, which runs to the Jungfraujoch from Kleine Scheidegg. The station is situated just behind the north wall of the Eiger, and its principal purpose was to allow passengers to observe the view through a series of windows carved into the rock face. To that end, uphill trains used to stop at the station for five minutes.[1][2][3][4]

However, since late 2016, after the introduction of new, faster, rolling stock, the Jungfraubahn no longer stops here.[5] Indeed, much of the 2017 publicity material fails to acknowledge that this viewpoint station ever existed.

The station opened on 28 June 1903, with the extension of the Jungfraubahn from its previous temporary terminus at Rotstock station.[6] After further construction, the line was extended to Eismeer station on 25 July 1905, and Eigerwand became an intermediate stop.[2][7]

Administratively, the station is in the municipality of Grindelwald in the canton of Bern. However, the only access to the station other than by train is a door in the sheer face of the mountain. This has, on occasion, been used to rescue mountaineers stranded on the mountain, most famously during the 1936 Eiger north face climbing disaster.[2][3]

It also lies right next to the Stollenloch, an exit and unofficial stop which is typically used by mountaineers to bypass the lower approach of the North Face.[8][9]

The following passenger trains operate:[4][10][11]

Operator Train Type Route Typical Frequency Notes
Jungfraubahn Kleine Scheidegg - Eigergletscher - Eigerwand - Eismeer - Jungfraujoch 2 per hour Uphill trains only

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. p. 82. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7.
  2. ^ a b c Allen, Cecil J. (1958). Switzerland's Amazing Railways. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons. p. 141.
  3. ^ a b map.geo.admin.ch (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  4. ^ a b "The Jungfrau Railway – A Pioneering Work". Jingfraubahn. Archived from the original on 2013-02-02. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  5. ^ Buchs, Christoph (2016-10-27). "Kein Stopp mehr bei den Eigerwand-Fenstern". Berner Zeitung, Berner Zeitung (in German). ISSN 1424-1021. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  6. ^ "Jungfrau Railway: Rocky road to the project of the century". Jungfrau.ch. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  7. ^ "The Jungfrau Railway – History". Jingfraubahn. Archived from the original on 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  8. ^ "The Eiger the Hard Way: Britain's Boldest Take on the North Face". Rock and Ice. 8 January 2014.
  9. ^ Daniel Anker and Rainer Rettner. "Chronology of the Eiger from 1252 to 2013". Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Interlaken–Lauterbrunnen–Wengen–Kleine Scheidegg–Jungfraujoch" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
  11. ^ "Interlaken–Grindelwald–Kleine Scheidegg–Jungfraujoch" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-28.

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