Furka–Oberalp-Bahn

Furka–Oberalp-Bahn

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The Furka–Oberalp-Bahn is a narrow gauge mountain railway in Switzerland with a gauge of . It runs in the Graubünden, Uri and Canton of Valais. Since January 1, 2003 it is part of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn when it merged with the BVZ Zermatt-Bahn.

The line begins in Disentis in the canton of Graubünden, where there is a connection to the Rhätische Bahn (RhB). It then runs over the Oberalp Pass to Andermatt in the canton of Uri. Through the Furka Tunnel it reaches the Goms District area and Brig in the canton of Valais. In Brig, it connects to the BVZ Zermattbahn since 1930.

The first half of the line was opened by the French company Brig-Furka-Disentis Bahn (BFD) in 1914. Trains could go as far as Gletsch, starting from Brig. Construction of the second part over the Furka Pass and Oberalp Pass was well under way when the War situation in France made stop all works by 1915. The company lingered on but was finally bankrupt in 1923. Two years later the railway had a new owner, called Furka-Oberalp-Bahn, founded by the cantons and the neighbouring railway companies. Construction work resumed, now with important federal funds and on 4 July 1926 regular through service Brig–Disentis could start. RhB trains reached Disentis with electric traction since 1922.

1930 the tracks of the newly electrified BVZ reached Brig and this gave birth to the famous Glacier Express. The oncoming crisis and the War limited the number of tourists. But The FO line was thought to have an...
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