DFB – Les vidéos de la section Gletsch – Oberwald

DFB – The videos of the section Gletsch – Oberwald

Le 12 août 2010 était enfin mise en service la troisième et dernière section de la Ligne Sommitale de la Furka entre Gletsch et Oberwald.
En voici enfin les vidéos !

On August 12, 2010, at least,  the third and last section of the Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway was unveiled between Gletsch and Oberwald.
Here are the videos!

DFB 02 – From Gletsch to Oberwald (1/2)
At 1:00 level crossing on the Furka road
At 3:20 note, on the right, the track after the exit of the helical tunnel and the bridge over the Rhone river.
At 3:40 the entrance in the helical tunnel
At 4:30 the cylinder tank filled with water from the mountain and which is used to feed the sprinklers arranged all along the line in the wonderful Oberwald forest.

DFB 03 – From Gletsch to Oberwald (2/2)
The crossing of the Oberwald forest.
At 0:30 the bridge over the Furka road.
At 3:30 the sprinklers all along the right side of the track which are used in case of fire in the forest.
At 4:47 a marmot runs on the green grass and hides int the stones.
Note the…… arrival over Oberwald which is the first village of the wonderful Goms valley. Then
the level crossing (with retractable cog) on the Furka road before the
final arrival at Oberwald station where Dampfbahn Furka Bergstrecke
(DFB) joins the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) (Glacier Express).

DFB 04 – Level crossing with retractable cog at Oberwald (1/2)
The section Gletsch -Oberwald at least was opened on August 13, 2010 after quite 30 years of the association. A level crossing with retractable cog has been installed at Oberwald to cross the Furka road.

DFB 05 – Level crossing with retractable cog at Oberwald (2/2)

DFB 06 – On section Gletsch – Oberwald
The locomotive HG 3/4 DFB 1 Furkahorn, recovered from Dà-Lat Vietnam, pulls the train along the Gletsch – Oberwald section.
The bridge over the Rhone river and the twisting Furka road.
At 0:17 the train exits from the helical tunnel…. you can see the wooden doors of the helical tunnel.
At 3:14 the same traingoes up to …Gletsch.
At 5:21 the diesel Tmh 985 cog tractor follows the train to keep an eye in case of fire in the forest.

DFB 07 – From Oberwald to Gletsch

DFB 08 – At Oberwald station
At Oberwald station, the locomotive HG 2/3 no. 7 Breithorn maneuvers to be at the head of the train for the next departure to Gletsch.

DFB 01 – Diesel Locomotive HGm 4/4 from MGB at Gletsch
The Diesel Locomotive HGm 4/4 lent by MGB to DFB… arriving at Gletsch after passing the Furka pass.
Note the Rhone glacier at 0:10 behind the chapel.

My first travel on the new section from Gletsch to Oberwald.
At 3:20 note, on the right, the track after the exit of the helical tunnel and the bridge over the Rhone river.
At 3:40 the entrance in the helical tunnel
At 4:30 the cylinder tank filled with water from the montain and which is used to feed the sprinklers arranged all along the line in the wonderful Oberwald forest.

Le Glacier Express déraille entre Lax et Fiesch

Le Glacier Express a déraillé vendredi 23 juillet 2010 à 11:50 entre Lax et Fiesh dans le Goms, la haute vallée du Rhône.
Trois wagons se sont renversés en tuant une touriste japonaise et en blessant 42 personnes dont une douzaine grièvement.

The Glacier Express derailed between Lax and Fiesch

On Friday July 23rd 2010, the famous Glacier Express train derailed between Lax and Fiesch in Goms Valley.
One japanese tourist was killed and 42 other passengers were injured… dozen of which were seriously injured.

L’ancienne voie du FO à Brig – Naters

Rappelons que le 2 décembre 2007 a été inauguré le nouveau tracé du Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) à Brig (Valais) afin d’éviter la traversée du village de Naters situé de l’autre côté du Rhône. Depuis ce jour là, la gare de Brig-MGB n’est plus un cul-de-sac au milieu de la place de la gare… les trains du MGB continuent sans repartir en sens inverse pour traverser le Rhône et Naters. Une des conséquence de l’abandon de la traversée de Naters, est d’avoir rendu inutile l’ancien pont métallique qui reliait Brig et Naters! Une petite visite à Naters en juillet dernier m’a permis de constater l’état de la ligne abandonnée. Toutes traces de l’ancienne voie (rails et traverses)  ont été enlevées. Ce sont les architectes Vomsattel Wagner de Visp qui ont remporté le projet pour aménager l’ancienne voie. Il vont en fait une sorte de promenade de 2 kms de long, une sorte de “Coulée Verte” et il faut noter que l’ancien pont ferroviaire du FO, qui devait être enlevé, a été entièrement inclus dans le projet. Il servira de passerelle entre Brig et Naters pour cette nouvelle voie piétonne.
En complément du reportage… deux vidéos de la nouvelle gare de Brig-MGB avec le Glacier-Express.

The old MGB line at Brig – Naters

Remember, on December 2nd, 2007, the new route of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) was unveiled at Brig (Valais) to avoid to pass through Natters after leaving Brig. Now Brig-MGB station is no more a ‘cul-de-sac’ station… Now MGB trains, as Glacier Express, coming from Zermatt  continues after Brig on the same sense to Andermatt.
Last July I went to Naters to see how is the old line after it was abandoned. In the slide show you will see that the track was completely removed. The architects Vomsattel Wagner from Visp were chosen to rearrange the area of the old FO track. They will built a 2 km way for pedestrians. The old FO bridge will be preserved and it will be used at a new footbridge for this walk.
After that you will see two videos I did of the Glacier-Express at the new Brig-MGB station.

Vomsattel-Wagner Project





The new route at Brig / le nouveau tracé à Brig :

In red, the old route through Naters. In green, the new route.
En rouge, l’ancien tracé à travers Naters. En vert, le nouveau tracé.


Vidéos du Glacier-Express dans la nouvelle gare de Brig-MGB
Videos of the Glacier-Express at the new Brig-MGB station

Voir aussi les liens suivants / See also these links

Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn – new route

http://www.funimag.com/photoblog/index.php/tag/brig/