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  • Day12

    Cogs and Cows

    September 7, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    As mentioned by Judith, we travelled up to, over and down from several mountain passes to get to Zermatt. At times the climb was so steep the train would lose traction normally. However the Swiss engineers solved that problem decades ago! There is a strip of notched steel embedded between the tracks (cogs) which the engine hooks unto with a great clunk and shudder and then cranks it’s way to the top. Tomorrow’s train to the top of the world is cogs all the way. Yesterday and this morning we rode up in funiculars which are on rails but pulled by a cable between the tracks. Cog trains couldn’t go that steep. Finally, for the REALLY high mountain trips, we ride on gondolas 🚠on cables through the sky. Great stuff!

    Oh yeah, the cows. Even at the highest elevations, there are cows munching away up on the hills. Quite a few are the classic Swiss brown cows complete with big bells 🔔 clanking away. Probably on the Swiss tourism payroll 😀
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