Chemin de Fer de Montenvers - Chamonix, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 45° 55.367 E 006° 52.513
32T E 335245 N 5087663
Quick Description: [FR] Le fameux petit train à crémaillère, au départ de Chamonix, vous amène sur le site du Montenvers situé à 1913 m. [EN] Departing from Chamonix, this famous rack and pinion railway brings you to the Montenvers site at 1913 m.
Location: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Date Posted: 9/19/2019 12:15:19 PM
Waymark Code: WM11B3E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
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Long Description:
[FR] Le chemin de fer du Montenvers a été inaugurée en 1909, et relie Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (station de départ proche de la gare SNCF de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, altitude 1 042 mètres) au Montenvers, un point de vue sur la mer de Glace (altitude 1 913 mètres) qui permet aux touristes d'accéder à une grotte de glace. En 2009, avec plus de 800 000 voyageurs, cette ligne était l'attraction touristique la plus fréquentée de la région Rhône-Alpes.

[EN] The line is 5.1 km (3.2 mi) long and has a track gauge of 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3/8 in). It is a rack and adhesion railway, using the Strub rack system to overcome a height difference of 871 m (2,858 ft). Except for the terminal stations, which are operated in adhesion mode, the line has a gradient varying from 11% to 22%.

The trains originally were drawn by steam locomotives built by SLM who supplied six 2-4-2T locomotives between 1908 and 1923. By 1953 the line was electrified, using an overhead line at 11 kV AC and 50 Hz, and service is provided by six electric railcars and trailers and three diesel locomotives, all from SLM. Trains run at 14 to 20 km/h (9 to 12 mph) and take 20 minutes for the journey.
Engine Type: Electric

Gauge of Railway: Meter Gauge

Approximate Adult Fare: 34.00 (listed in local currency)

Approximate Child Fare: 28.00 (listed in local currency)

Type: Spur (out and back)

Length of Route: 5.1 km (3.2 mi)

Dates of Operation: From: 1/1/2019 To: 12/31/2019

Frequency of departures: Every 30 minutes

Key Attractions:
La Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice Glacier)

Does this Scenic Railroad Provide: Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Trains?: no

Railroad Website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:

Provide a picture of something with the train. Possible photos include the entertainment on board the train, the train itself at any location along the route, a picture of the scenery with part of the train in view, the kids borrowing the engineer’s hat. Show us you had a good time visiting the train. If the train isn't running when you visit get a photo of one of the many railway related items that can be found in locations like this.

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