Golden Pass Question

Feb 26th, 2007, 07:40 AM
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Golden Pass Question

I am really embarassed for even asking this, but can someone look at this picture and tell me which car would be the front car and which the back?

http://www.goldenpass.ch/GPS/produits/gpp2_VIP.asp

Thanks! (and how do you do a sheepish grin emoticon on this?)

~Jennifer
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Feb 26th, 2007, 07:45 AM
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(Hint) ahem - where are you going?
 
Feb 26th, 2007, 08:07 AM
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Interlaken to Montreux.
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Feb 26th, 2007, 09:48 AM
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Feb 26th, 2007, 10:07 AM
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Assuming the cars are oriented as indicated by the train and direction signs at the top, the front of the train is the left end of each car---in other words, the VIP seats are 81 through 88 in car 11. I think what is confusing you is that there are also VIP seats in car 10, at the back of the train as shown in this diagram. Note that the diagram shows from Zweisimmen to Montreux, not Interlaken to Montreux. It makes me think that the train reverses direction at Zweisimmen---in other words, the back becomes the front. (This occurs at stations where the train does not go through, but rather pulls in and then reverses and takes a different track out). If that is the case, you will be riding backwards for part of the journey.

Maybe someone who has ridden this train can clarify.
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Feb 26th, 2007, 10:11 AM
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I believe that Car #10 is the rear car.
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Feb 26th, 2007, 10:11 AM
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Jen, if you mean the picture at the top, it shows the direction the train is going. Montreux is at the left, so if you are going TO Montreux that would be the front car.

I don't know exactly how those car layouts relate to that, that's the confusing part to me, but I didn't spend much time looking at it.
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Feb 26th, 2007, 10:13 AM
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Ok, because I got my reservation this morning, and it says we're in Car 11, seats 85 and 87. Going from Interlaken to Montreux. So we should be in the front car then, right?
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Feb 26th, 2007, 10:16 AM
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Jenblase---see my post above. It is possible that the train reverses direction at Zweisimmen. See if you can find the diagram for Interlaken to Zweisimmen.
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Feb 26th, 2007, 10:16 AM
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If the train is actually made up like the diagram (with the locomotoive in the center) then both front and rear cars would probably look the same.

However, the diagram of the cars, notice that Car #10 looks slightly different (outside configuration) than does Car #11.

It used to be that one of the VIP seating areas was located in the car where the driver also operated but that may have changed.

The rearward view can actually be just as exciting as the one looking forward over the roadbed.
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Feb 26th, 2007, 10:18 AM
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here's an alternative: when you get to Zweisimmen you may have time to ask at the ticket window (at the head of the platform) about where you are seated.

They can change the seats if there are vacancies.
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Feb 26th, 2007, 10:20 AM
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Actually, it looks like you may change trains at Zweisimmen.
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Feb 26th, 2007, 10:21 AM
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Actually Enzian the Interlaken to Zweisemenn portion doesn't have the VIP seats, so I'm not really sure WHERE we'll be sitting on that part of the ride - but we'll figure it out when we get on in Interlaken. The important thing is that it looks as though I got the first row of seats in the VIP section for the Zweis-Montreux portion, which is what I was hoping for.

Thanks for all of your help - I'm so excited for this journey!
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Feb 26th, 2007, 10:37 AM
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Hi jenblase,

Just as a little helpful hint when you're standing on the platforms waiting for your train: there is usually a little chart diagram of the trains on each track platform. Find your car number or class category. The chart will indicate which letter (usually hanging from a rafter) to stand near (like A, B, C) on your track.

This really helps on the long trains and also when you don't have much of a connection time.

Auf weidersehen!
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