|The Swiss railways have some interesting vinyls on some of their locomotives.|
|We caught a train coming over the bridge|
Having walked along the line we had a pizza at a restaurant close by and then walked into the town which provided a very pleasant surprise from the wealth of beautifully decorated buildings.
The buildings have all been painted, some of the scenes were very detailed and we wondered how frequently they would have to be repainted - the buildings are obviously several hundred years old.
I was just one of many tourists admiring the town when I was approached by three girls and a boy, about 14 years old. They were from Zurich on a school trip by boat from Schaffhausen. I explained that I spoke no German and they quickly switched to French and then English which they spoke perfectly. They recorded my interview on a cell phone. Where was I from? Why did I come here? What do I think about the town? It was a lot of fun. I was particularly interested in the ease with which they switched between English and French when their mother tongue was German.
The local train took us Winterthur and we quickly returned to Zurich.
The Uetliberg Railway is part of the Zurich suburban network yet it is unusual in many ways. It is the steepest standard gauge railway in Europe and the overhead electric wires are offset because these trains share part of the route with another railway which uses the standard Swiss railway overhead system. The line climbs up to the summit through dense forest. It is surprising to find such a dense forest so close to the city centre. Paul and I went up the line two years ago but the summit was covered in thick fog and we did not venture off the platform. (This was where we saw a cat sitting on a pole looking for prey). This time the weather was fine, if cold, and the views across Zurich were wonderful. We could see the airport and follow the planes coming in to land. Lake Zurich was very easy to pick out.
|On the way back to the hotel we noticed the Fondue Trolley serving customers during the rush hour.|
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