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Brienzer Rothorn 2'350 m
Brienzer Rothorn on postmarks
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The Brienzer Rothorn is a mountain in the Emmental Alps and is situated in the north of the Lake Brienz.

Its summit can be reached by the Brienz-Rothorn railway, a gauge rack railway, which connects the summit from the village Brienz at 566 metres above sealevel, or by cable car from Sörenberg. The railway was opened on 17th June 1892.

No fewer than 640 men, most of whom were Italians, were involved in the construction of this unique railway. The impressive altitude difference still astonishes visitors to this day. Covering a distance of just 7.6 kilometres, the train ride from Brienz (566 metres above sea level) to the dizzy heights of the Rothorn summit at 2,244 metres above sea level takes just under an hour and climbs no less than 1,678 metres. The breathtaking ascent is suitably impressive. The railway has an average gradient of 22.4% and a maximum gradient of 25% (equivalent to 1 in 4 in road terminology). This means that the railway climbs 25 metres for every 100 metres of track! The special stamp marking the 125th anniversary features the Number 5, a first-generation locomotive. It was built by the Swiss Locomotive- and Machine Works in Winterthur in 1891–1892. Following conversion and modification work in 1935–36 and 1990, it is still in use today. It requires 300 kg of coal and 2,000 litres of water to make the journey from Brienz up to the top of the Rothorn (text: Swiss Post).  

 

www.mountainstamp.com Brienzer Rothorn Bahn railway stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli

Dominica 1991, Brienz-Rothorn railway. 

 

Brienz Rothorn Railway stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli issued by Chad 1998

Chad 1998, Brienz-Rothorn railway.

 

www.mountainstamp.com Brienz Rothorn mountain railway stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli miniaturesheet

Chad 1998
The illustration depicts the Brienz Rothorn railway in the summit area.
The miniaturesheet was issued in the series "150th Anniversary of Swiss Railways.

 

Switzerland 2017, 125 years of the Brienz Rothorn railway.

The designers of the special stamp have not shied away from the sooty, dirty and oily nature of this mechanical work of art. The sheet margin features a carriage in the characteristic red of the BRB. In the background is the view of the mountain panorama – on a clear day, you can see over 693 Alpine peaks from the Brienzer Rothorn (text: Swiss Post).  

Switzerland 2017, 125 years of the Brienz Rothorn railway.
Stationery Card (front and backside).

The original poster of the opening in 1892 provides the basis for the picture postcard. 

 

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