To get to Gruyeres we had to take the Golden Pass train to Montbovon and transfer to a TPF. The Golden Pass Panorama trains are high class swank trains full up with rich tourists whom I try to avoid - they all have detailed itineraries and reservations and have no real idea what they are going to see or why.. Having said that our first class Swiss passes got us into a comfortable car with the nobs. In this train the driver sits in a small compartment in the roof so that the tourists can get an uninterrupted view forward..
|The driver sits in the roof on these trains|
|View looking forward. The stairs to the drivers compartment are on the right. The partial glass ceiling and wide, deep windows give great views.|
At Montbovon we had to wait to cross the tracks to get into the TRF train to Gruyeres. One officious MOB train lady tried to keep all transferring passengers in one group until it was safe to cross the tracks. To her consternation I wandered off a little way to get a picture. I thought about telling her a thing or two about railway safety.
|With the hastle I had to get this picture anyone would think there was a secret installation in the background - it is actually the TPF works yard.|
At the Gruyeres station there is a visitor centre where one can obtain trinkets and buy cheese. There was a pleasant stroll (climb) to the village which is closed to vehicles and has been sanitized for the tourists. As we walked along two tourist buses passed us ominously. As expected, the whole place, although beautiful, has been turned over to the tourists. Gaggles were roaming around talking at high speed about nothing in particular and not taking in the wonders they were seeing.
"Our cat's got boils'"
"I 'ad boils once. On me bum. My doctor said it was the worst sight he had seen for many years."
|Ageing the cheede|
The restaurants all had the same items on the menu and it was with some trepidation that we eventually chose one and went inside. It turned out to have a very pleasant small balcony with a great view. Of course, we had to have fondue - moitie et moitie (Gruyeres and Vacherin). It was excellent and very filling although there was enough room for a large dessert.
|I put another picture of a fondue just to keep Fred happy|
|Gruyeres from the walk back to the station|
The ride back was uneventful but very pleasant. Going into Montbovon a young mother with two children got on. One of the small kids, wearing a perky cap really enjoyed looking out of the window and was upset when it was time to leave. We climbed up some steep sided valleys before dropping down into Montreux. The forest is very dense and the trees are very tall indeed but the trunks are not very large. I presume they support each other.
|I spotted this at a station stop. I don't generally take pictures through the window but this is an exception.|