While waiting for the train in Montreux a heavily loaded freight came throughThe Geneva train quickly took us to Morges. There was a heron on a rock by the lake but the most extraordinary sight was several hundred cormorants, all in one location, obviously hunting a large shoal of fish. We found the narrow gauge BAM (Biere - Apples - Morges) train. This metre gauge line is the only one that has the same overhead voltage as the Swiss National Railways (15,000v AC). The line climbs out of the Lac Leman basin through an area of wine growing and into some mixed farming with a lot of sugar beet. At Apples a connection is made with a branch line to L'Isle and the main line continues on to Biere.
|Station name here. The name bears no relation to the drink "loved by out German speaking cousins". This is very much a wine drinking area
|Lots of water troughs are to be found in these villages
|Choosing a pizza
|Fricasse of beef
A Swiss pass gives us a great deal of flexibility and we decided to go through Montreux and past Aigle to Bex. The train from Morges took us right there. There was a narrow gauge train waiting in the station but I wanted to see it run through the town of Bex which has some fierce and narrow curves. We walked into Bex and found a cafe close to the tight part and had a glass of wine while waiting for the train. The sun was now shining brightly and it was hot walking into town. The single track line runs down one side of the main road into town so trains run opposed to the traffic in one direction.
|A convenient cafe from which to watch the trains
Street running in Bex
|Train that returned us to Bex Gare