Railway Museum: New home for the "Crocodile"
Contura - the magazine
The Albula Railway Museum in Bergün guides railway enthusiasts and families through the history of the railway in Graubünden. Old railway equipment, films and models enthral visitors. A simulator lets you drive the legendary Crocodile locomotive along the Albula Line yourself.
600 exhibits from more than a century of railway history pay tribute to the pioneering achievements that took place in Graubünden, to the people that shaped the railway – and to the landscape that was shaped by it. Decommissioned station clocks, historical documents and engineering plans illustrate the history and importance of the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage route between Thusis and Tirano.
Children and railway fans can press buttons and switches in the driving simulator of the Crocodile engine, not only amateur model-builders will be amazed by the model workshop and everyone will be impressed by the temporary and interactive exhibitions. The Albula Railway Museum is right next to Bergün railway station on the Albula Line from Chur to St. Moritz. The exhibition space takes up 1,300 square metres.
If you hadn't realised it before, the Railway Adventure Trail Albula will bring home to you the meaning of Swiss pioneering work: between Preda and Bergün you get a close-up view of mountains, a roaring mountain brook and viaducts.
Find out the story behind the Rhaetian Railway; there are plenty of thrilling exhibitions to help you do just that.
Take a virtual ride through the Albula Valley in the original Crocodile CC 407 engine. Push real buttons and pull real levers to set the legendary locomotive in motion – on a virtual journey through the Albula Valley. For more than 50 years, the engine officially numbered 407 reliably went about its business. Now, anyone interested can have a go from Tuesday to Sunday between 13.15 and 15.30.
Two topography models on a scale of 1:20 000 and 1:10 000 replicate the landscape of the Albula Valley in miniature format. Archive picture material, texts and 3D animations explain in layman's terms how the routing of the railway through the terrain was planned.
The mechanical ticket validators show the way: the youngsters punch their tickets at the various stations and solve tasks, practise their building skills on a model viaduct or serve passengers at the ticket office.
The model looks amazingly like the original. Bernhard Tarnutzer's model railway shows the buildings, viaducts and tunnels of the RhB as they were from 1950 to 1960 on a scale of 1:45. The man himself can often be found in the open workshop and is happy to talk about how he built the model. The model trains generally operate in the afternoon.
The Railway Museum's continually growing collection comprises more than 600 original exhibits. Memorabilia from RhB operations are incorporated into the permanent exhibition or made accessible to visitors in the exhibition depot or storeroom on the lower floor. An Eldorado for real railway fans.
From May to October, combine a visit to the Albula Railway Museum with a hike along one of the three stages of the Railway Adventure Trail Albula. There are varied walks to be discovered, with playgrounds, barbecue sites and 26 information panels along the way.
In summer, the vintage special train with Crocodile locomotive, 3rd- class seating and open carriages runs to the Railway Museum and through the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage section of line to the Engadin.
|Tuesday-Friday and Sunday||10.00 - 17.00|
|Saturday and public holidays||10.00 - 18.00|
Annual work holidays: mid-November until mid-December
|Groups of ten or more||each||CHF 13.00|
|Children aged 6-16||CHF 11.00|
|School classes||per child||CHF 9.00|
Tickets can be purchased at the front desk of the museum.
The Swiss Museum Pass is valid. Please show the pass at the front desk.
We recommend travelling to the Museum by train. A special ticket is available from RailAway (10% discount on rail travel and entry to the Railway Museum – with the exception of the special prices for school classes).
You can find out more at www.sbb.ch/bahnmuseumalbula
The information at the museum and explanations of the exhibits are available in English, German and Italian.
Texts in French can be requested at the front desk.
In the Railway Museum buffet, you can relax in original seating from various dining and lounge cars. The Museum serves a selection of coffees, a variety of teas, freshly prepared dishes and home-made cakes.
Contact for group reservations:
Albula Railway Museum
Tel: +41 (0)81 420 00 06