|Zurich on a sunny and bright day, like today.|
|In the Luzern market both sweet chestnuts and horse chestnuts were on sale|
|The Luzern bridge was well decked out with flowers.|
Our plan worked out well. It was about a half mile walk to the station where we had to wait about 15 minutes for a train to Ersfelt. In the meantime there were a succession of trains to watch on the main line to the Gotthard Pass. The traffic regulation was interesting to watch. The high speed train came first but the dispatcher stuffed a large freight in between it and our stopping passenger train. This made sense although the stopper was delayed by a couple of minutes - otherwise the freight would have been slowed at every station to Ersfelt.
|First an Italian 610 high speed train came through|
|This heavy freight came through with four locomotives on the front, an amazing mixture of Re 4/4s and at least one Re 6/6.|
|At Ersfelt we caught the "local" to Locarno hauled by an Re 4/4|
|Many of these trains have one First class car with panoramic windows which I was looking out for.|
We took a quick trip up the narrow V shaped valley to Andermatt and back and then decided to return to Zurich, changing trains at Arth Goldau.
|The narrow gauge MGB train ready to depart for Andermatt on the rack line. These trains leave from the station forecourt, along with the buses.|
|A double headed BLS headed freight entered the tunnel with this 187 class Traxx locomotive painted for Railpool but leased to BLS on the rear end.|
|A number of freights were headed by a Re 4/4 and a Re 6/6 making a 10/10. The 4/4 invariable was in the lead, possibly because it was equipped with ETRMS signal capability.|
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