Entries by Michelle Ross

The Best Tour of Switzerland!!

Rail Tour Review – Echo Rails & Trails 12 Day Rail Tour This is a fabulous tour! We got to see all of the major sights in Switzerland. We traveled via public transportation which was a delight. The train and bus schedules sync together like clockwork. Our luggage was transferred from hotel to hotel so […]

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Rail Tour Review – Retired Railroad Conductor

Retired Railroad Conductor Review of Echo Rails & Trails Grand Rail Tour After working on a mountain railroad for some 21 years, I thought I knew about trains. The trains on this trip were such an unexpected treat. In over 15 days we rode 54 trains! Electric, luxury, steam, cable cars, funiculars, cog wheels both […]

Swiss Train Stories Mountain Cogwheels

What do Mount Washington in New Hamphsire and Mount Rigi in Switzerland have in common? Both were the first mountain cogwheel railways in their respective continents. Mount Washington Cog Railway in 1868, first in the USA. Mount Rigi Cogwheel Railway in Switzerland, in 1871 the first in continental Europe. Both lines are still running today. […]