Wednesday, November 30, 2011

the cog wheel railway to Rochers de Naye, Switzerland

At the time of this postcard pic, this railway was operated between Glion and Rochers-de-Naye by the company Chemin de fer Glion-Rochers-de-Naye (GN). A separate company, the Chemin de fer Montreux-Glion (MGl) linked Glion and the Lake Geneva town of Montreux which opened in 1909. Prior to this opening in 1909 the GN line formed a cross-platform connection with the Chemin de fer funiculaire Territet-Glion, a feature which still operates today and forms part of the station at Glion.

Both lines were built to a gauge of 800 mm (2 ft 7 1⁄2 in) and use the Abt rack and pinion system. The Glion to Rochers-de-Naye line was electrified in 1938 in 850 V DC from overhead.

In 1987 the two companies merged to form the Chemin de fer de Montreux–Glion–Rochers-de-Naye (MGN). Five years later in 1992, the Chemin de fer funiculaire Territet-Glion (TG) joined the ensemble and the company name became Chemin de fer Montreux–Territet–Glion–Rochers-de-Naye (MTGN). In 2001 MTGN was merged into Transports Montreux-Vevey-Riviera (MVR).

The combined line is 7.6 km (4.7 miles) long and ascends the Montreux - Glion section with an altitude change of 305 metres (1,001 ft), then Glion - Rochers-de-Naye ascends 1,273 metres (4,177 ft), giving a total of 1,578 m (5,177 ft) from Montreux to Rochers de Naye.

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