Category: Europe

  • A new cableway for Piz Gloria

    Hyde Park Now-A new cableway for Piz Gloria

    The Schilthornbahn has been in operation for 55 years. The first stage from Stechelberg to Mürren/Birg opened on 20th June 1965. That to the summit of the Schilthorn opened in 1967 and it was soon made famous because of 007! The summit facilities had been left incomplete due to shortage of finances however the making […]

  • Ferrocarril de Sóller #3

    Hyde Park Now-Ferrocarril de Sóller #3

    The Ferrocarril de Sóller feature continues – and here there’s a look at the celebrated tramway between Sóller and Puerto de Sóller In terms of station stops, during our visits in the late sixties and the seventies, the compulsory stops en route were Son Sardina, Santa Maria and Bunyola. Santa Maria is now a request […]

  • Ferrocarril de Sóller #2

    Hyde Park Now-Ferrocarril de Sóller #2

    Continuing the articles on the Ferrocarril de Sóller, with a further look at what was the rest of the Mallorcan railway network… The attractive entrance to the FS’ Palma station, just off the Plaza de España opposite the Estacio Intermodal. Source: Pinterest The network is now known as the SFM (Servicios Ferroviarios de Mallorca.) It […]

  • Ferrocarril de Sóller

    Hyde Park Now-Ferrocarril de Sóller

    Mallorca’s popular tourist railway, the ‘Orange Express,’ has entered its 90th year of electrification. The Palma – Sóller route originally opened on 16th May 1912 (ironically the very week the Titanic had sunk – thus little was reported on the island’s stupendous new mountain railway route.) Electric traction was originally intended but discounted due to […]

  • Driving thro rail tunnels for fun!

    Hyde Park Now-Driving thro rail tunnels for fun!

    Whilst discussing the Gotthard Bahn the other week I got this idea for a couple of ‘road trips’ through some railway tunnels. Generally no-one can just drive cars through any railway tunnels, but what I am about to discuss is very different! Take for example the Schöllenen railway. Some of you will know this metre […]

  • The Gotthard Bahn

    Hyde Park Now-The Gotthard Bahn

    The Gotthard Railway is one of the world’s most spectacular railways. It was a very difficult line to build however it set the standard for mountainous terrain which railways needed to traverse. It too had the world’s longest tunnel, although that was eventually superseeded by the Lotschberg and ultimately the Simplon tunnels. The latter remained […]

  • A Welsh mountain railway’s Catalonia twin

    Hyde Park Now-A Welsh mountain railway’s Catalonia twin

    It’s often been thought the locomotives for the Snowdon Mountain Railway were a one-off batch from the SLM works at Winterthur, Switzerland. However further locomotives were built alongside the 1922 and 1923 builds for Snowdon (No.6 Sir Harmood/Padarn, No.7 Aylwyn/Ralph and No.8 Eryri) and these additional builds were acquired by a noted Spanish rack railway […]