North East Switzerland may not be as well known as other more spectacular parts of the country, but it contains some wonderful scenery and many fascinating railways. All are faithfully recorded and beautifully portrayed in this one hour documentary DVD programme.
From the major railway centre of Zurich, the main line of the Swiss Federal Railways heads south east along the shores of the Zurichsee and Walensee. It carries many International trains, most of them destined for Austria through the gateway at Feldkirch. Further north the SBB line skirts the Bodensee before following the Rhine to Schaffhausen at the north west tip of the region covered by this programme.
Appenzell lies at the heart of this area. The old town nestles in the alpine foothills that rise rapidly towards impressive mountains dominated by Santis at 2,500 metres above sea level. The area is served by the charming metre gauge Appenzellerbahn. Trains are rack assisted over the steeper sections.
Three other railways climb towards the mountains. The Trogenbahn, Rorschach-Heiden-Bergbahn and the Rheineck-Walzenhausen-Bergbahn, all of which reach their lofty destinations in different ways.
The Bodensee-Toggenburg, Sudostbahn and the Mittel-Thurgau-Bahn are all standard gauge railways that carry passengers in colourful trains across the region. All have interesting old and new locomotives and rolling stock.
The Forchbahn and the Frauenfeld-Wil-Bahn are more like rural tramways than conventional railways but their modern railcars are among the latest in rapid transit technology.
The golden age of railways is represented by the nostalgic Orient Express that has its home in Zurich and the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express that crosses North East Switzerland twice weekly connecting Paris and Venice via the Arlberg route features.
The Railways of 'North East Switzerland' is a superb record of travel by train in one of the most beautiful parts of Switzerland.