Footplate rides

Riding up-front

It's what every railway enthusiast dreams of: Journey beside the driver in the cab of an RhB locomotive through the Albula Valley or along the Bernina Line, the highest railway line in the Alps. Not only do you have a front-row seat – there's also a certificate and snapshots to remember the journey by.

Over 100 years ago, the railway pioneers built the Albula and Bernina lines through the impassable mountain terrain of the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Today, these two railway lines are still among the most spectacular experiences available on rails – not least thanks to the many attractions: the Solis and Landwasser Viaducts, helical tunnels between Bergün and Preda, Ospizio Bernina, Alp Grüm and the Brusio Circular Viaduct.

A lasting memory: At the end of the day, the RhB will present you with a commemorative certificate and photo.

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Unterwegs auf einer Führerstandsfahrt mit der Rhätischen Bahn. Bild: Christof Sonderegger

Unterwegs auf einer Führerstandsfahrt mit der Rhätischen Bahn. Bild: Christof Sonderegger

The journey on the footplate is in itself the highlight of the day. And there are further highlights to follow such as the souvenir certificate.

Albula Line

Even today, the 62-kilometre Albula Line is still considered a masterpiece in terms of railway engineering and routing. The RhB opened the spectacular section of track between Thusis and St. Moritz in 1903, after just five years' construction. The red train climbs over 1,000 metres in altitude – thanks to the Solis Viaduct, Landwasser Viaduct and the helical tunnels between Bergün and Preda – without rack-and-pinion technology.
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Bernina Line

The Bernina Line between St. Moritz and Tirano links northern and southern Europe in a most impressive fashion. For over 100 years now it has been running past mountains, lakes and glaciers down to the palms of Valtellina. The famous panoramic route is a true landmark which has UNESCO World Heritage status.
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Professional guide

Making your day in the driver's cab a guaranteed success: an experienced engine driver will accompany you during this exclusive railway experience. You will hear stories and anecdotes about the Rhaetian Railway, learn about the Albula/Bernina landscape and its engineering structures.

Commemorative certificate

To ensure the footplate ride remains long in the memory, at the end of the day, the Rhaetian Railway will present you with a commemorative certificate and photo.

Virtual journeys on Google Streetview

You can experience the famous line across the Alps from the driver's cab – virtually: Google Streetview lets you peek over the driver's shoulder and gives you clear views of the UNESCO World Heritage route.
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Prices

AdultsCHF 850.00
Adults with GA travelcardCHF 800.00
Children aged 12 and overCHF 700.00 

 

The price includes:

  • Footplate ride for 1 person between Chur - St. Moritz, St. Moritz - Tirano or vice versa
  • Accompaniment by an experienced member of Rhaetian Railway staff
  • Two Rhaetian Railway 1-day passes in 1st class for the outward and return journeys
  • Detailed description of route with explanation of signals
  • Commemorative certificate with personal photo

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Available via Railservice on +41 81 288 65 65 (with credit card).

Albula line

StationTrain 1129
Churdep9:58 am
St. Moritzarr12:03 pm
StationTrain 1148
St. Moritzdep1:57 pm
Churarr4:03 pm

Bernina line

StationTrain 1625
St. Moritzarr10.48 am
Tiranodep1.00 pm
StationTrain 1660
Tiranoarr3.00 pm
St. Moritzdep5.11 pm