Stock Photo: Furka cogwheel railway steam engine DFB 1 arriving at Realp station  Switzerland, Western Europe, Grimsel-/Furka region, Uri  The steam engine HG 3/4 No  1.

Stock Photo - Furka cogwheel railway steam engine DFB 1 arriving at Realp station Switzerland, Western Europe, Grimsel-/Furka region, Uri The steam engine HG 3/4 No 1 Furkahorn DFB 1 was built in 1913 With an engine power of 600 hp and a weight of 42 tons it manages a maximum speed of 45 km/h on adhesion rails and 20 km/h on cogwheel rails Note: No releases available --- Info: In 1914 the first steam trains started from Brig and reached Gletsch traveling along the river Rhone In the following years the line was extended and finally connected in Disentis with the Rhätische Bahn in 1926 Although the Furka-Oberalp-Bahn was electrified in 1942, due to the extreme climate and the topography of this alpine area the trains could not run between Oberwald and Realp through the winter So in the 1970's a modern tunnel was built for all year use In 1983 the Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway Club was founded by railway enthusiasts to repair and maintain the original track and rolling stock This included bringing back and restoring the original steam engines that were sold of to Vietnam in 1947 In late summer 2010 the historic steam link over the Furkapass was finally fully reestablished

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