Named for another route along the Rhätische Bahn, but nonetheless intimately familiar with every kilometer of the Vorderrhein route, along which she is delighting her passengers and countless track-side admirers, RhB.107 “Albula” is ready to depart Sumvitg/Compadials for the trip through the Vorderrhein gorge and thence up to Chur and Landquart on this photo-perfect early October day in 2011.
Behind her consist of vintage RhB carriages can be seen another classic, RhB 414 Krokodil, with a water tanker. Herr Kroki has been following all day (at a discreet distance), just in case a spark from the old gal's stack lands where it shouldn’t.
Can you smell the coal smoke?
This image is available in archival gallery prints and as a custom printed Photo Note Card.
P.S.: Tom's comment reminded me of another favorite piece of "Dampfzug-Musik" by the Strauss family of Vienna. While my all-time favorite in that category is the lively "Bahn Frei Polka" by Eduard Strauss, very close behind is the wonderful "Vergnügungszug" (Pleasure Train) Polka by Johann Strauss Jr, Vienna's Waltz King. So to accompany this "Vergnügungszug" image, here is a magical video moment, for both lovers of steam trains and Wienermusik. As they say on the ORF, "Es spielt der Wiener Philharmoniker unter der leitung von Willi Boskovsky!" Enjoy!
Oh, yes, if you'd like to hear the "Bahn Frei," also conducted by Willi Boskovsky, please click on the image below.
Photo, Narrative, and Design ©2011/2012 Steve Ember
Susanne Kämmner 17/12/2015 19:14It´s mainly the steam that makes the photo! A great and very adorable shot, Steve. And this train could be a requisite from the movie "Back to the Future, Part III". I even can visualize bold Clara on her wild and daring ride, determined to catch the train, trying to jump up and then somehow "flying" alongside..... :-)