Gletsch railway station
Two DFB trains at Gletsch, July 2006.
|Elevation||1,762 m (5,781 ft)|
Furka Oberalp Bahn (to 1981)|
Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway (since 2000)
Furka Oberalp Bahn (FO) (to 1981)|
Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway (DFB) (since 2000)
12.90 km (8.02 mi)|
from Realp DFB
|Opened||30 June 1914|
|Electrified||1 July 1942|
History and operations
The station was opened in 1914, and owned and operated from then until 1981 by the Furka Oberalp Bahn (FO), which connects Brig in Valais, via Andermatt in Uri, with Göschenen, Uri, and Disentis/Mustér, Graubünden.
In 1982, the original portion of the FO between Oberwald in Valais and Realp in Uri, including the Gletsch railway station, was replaced by an FO line passing through the then new Furka Base Tunnel. The superseded portion of the FO line was abandoned.
Since 11 July 1992heritage railway operated by the Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway (DFB). On 14 July 2000 , the DFB was extended from its then temporary terminus at Furka to Gletsch via the Furka Summit Tunnel, and the station at Gletsch was reopened., the abandoned portion of FO line has been progressively reopened from Realp, as a
At a ceremony held on 12 August 2010, the rest of the superseded ex-FO line was formally reopened, following the completion of another DFB extension, this time from Gletsch to Oberwald. At an earlier ceremony on 18 June 2010, a gold spike had been driven to mark the physical reconnection. Scheduled DFB services between Gletsch and Oberwald commenced on 13 August 2010.
Rail services to Gletsch
|Preceding station||Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway||Following station|
Operated by steam engines
toward Realp DFB
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