I’m still there, couldn’t post due to a cranky f’n iPad issue, thanks Dawg for resetting my password. Anybody interested can follow us on FB. Gina is doing a pictorial update each day & tagging me.
We have only been here 9 days, seems like more, JR ticket office Bloke could not get his head around why we wanted to take a slow train down a windy valley that took nearly 3 hours longer to do than it would if we went his way.
This was the smallest, slowest train I have ever been on, one carriage & just the driver as staff.
No food/drink trolley, you have to take your own.
No trouble getting a seat, it had heating, you could get up & walk around to look out.
It was a diesel 2 speed, he’d start off & rev the puss out of it to get it up to 50 k & then change to 2nd. The fastest we ever managed was 66 k but a lot of the track had speed limits, some as low as 25 ‘cos it was a bit warped. The track is the most stable in the tunnels, one of them was 3125m long, that is where we got up to 66k. The length of the tunnel is painted on the wall at the entry.
Colours are great at this time of the year, the snow is just starting on the peaks of the ski fields, saw some out the window today. Gina got some photos, she’ll post them if they are good enough.
Enjoying the dirt cheap red wine from all over the world in the 7-eleven stores, we’ve had French, Italian, Chillean, Argentinian, & Australian. Nothing over $12, some as low as $6 a bottle.