Footplate rides

Riding up-front

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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. You are in the front line instead of just being there – there's also a certificate and snapshots to remember the journey by.

Over 100 years ago, railway pioneers built the Landquart – Davos line, the Albula and Bernina Lines. Today, these 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.

You can now book footplate rides on the goods railway, on the Albula Line.

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

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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.


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.


Landquart – Davos Platz train ride (with nostalgic train)

The Prättigau line, which opened in 1889 and ran as far as Davos from 1890, is the origin of the Rhaetian Railway’s 385-kilometre network and is thus a historic railway line in Graubünden.


Train journey Samedan – Vereina – Landquart (on a goods train)

Opened in 1999, the Vereina Tunnel forms the heart of the Vereina Line, which connects Prättigau with the Engadin. It is the world’s longest metre-gauge railway tunnel and is used for car transport, passenger and goods railway.


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.

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Footplate rides on passenger railway

Albula Line with passenger train

Station   Train 1129
Chur dep 9:58 am
St. Moritz arr 12:03 pm
Station   Train 1148
St. Moritz dep 2:02 pm
Chur arr 4:04 pm

Bernina line

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


Albula- and Berninaline  
Adults CHF 850.00
Adults with GA travelcard CHF 800.00
Children aged 12 and over CHF 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

Footplate rides on goods railway

Albula Line with a goods train

Bookable Monday to Friday 

Station   Train 5135
Meeting point Landquart, platform 5   09.10 am
Journey from Landquart to Landquart Ried dep 09.17 am
Landquart goods station dep 09.54 am
Samedan arr 01.29 pm

Rolling stock

  • BoBo II oder BoBo III 

  • The use of a BoBo II or BoBo III cannot be guaranteed in advance. An Allegra railcar (ABe 8/12), for example, may be used. 

Prices of footplate ride on goods railway

Albula Line  
Adults CHF 900.00
Adults with GA travelcard CHF 850.00
Adolescents aged 12 and over CHF 750.00

Included in the price 

  • Footplate ride for 1 person between Landquart GB – Samedan
  • Accompanied by an experienced member of Rhaetian Railway staff 
  • Two Rhaetian Railway day tickets for a return journey in 1st class 
  • Detailed description of route with explanation of signals 
  • Commemorative certificate with personal photo 


Please note that getting in and out of the driver’s cab is slightly difficult. There are a few rungs of a ladder to be climbed. 

Footplate rides on the goods railway are subject to special safety rules of conduct due to their presence in the track area. You will be informed of the most important safety instructions before your trip. 


Journeys on the goods railway may be subject to changes at short notice (e.g. with regard to departure and arrival times or rolling stock) and cancellations. In this case, your booked trip will remain valid and can be taken at a later date. 

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Available via station Ilanz on +41 81 288 43 16.

Please contact the station Ilanz at least 7 days before the desired date.