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Old January 23rd, 2011, 11:36 PM   #1201
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The pass and the Lai da Sontga Maria (we are entering in a Romansh language valley, one of the few where one of the minor neolatin languages have more or less survived, it is related to Ladin and Friulan, even if it is not considered an Italian dialect it is quite mutually intelligible to Italian speakers).



Looking to the south, from where I arrived.



Endless snow shelters.

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Old January 23rd, 2011, 11:37 PM   #1202
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The artificial lake looking towards the pass.



The snow shelter is completely closed and dark in winter, but in summer some side doors are opened. The black stripe in the photo is due to the damaged lens of my relatively new digital camera

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Old January 23rd, 2011, 11:38 PM   #1203
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The dam.



I will continue later or tomorrow.
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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:45 PM   #1204
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Concrete pavement.





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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:46 PM   #1205
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Voderrhein valley, one of the two sources of the Rhine.

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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:47 PM   #1206
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The road is sometimes narrow and closed in winter between Tschamut, a small group of houses after Sedrun, and Andermatt. The railway is the only link.





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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:47 PM   #1207
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Unlike other shuttles (except Albula) people travel in a passenger carriage. There are only four departures per day per direction, with timetable varying during the winter season (call or ask Sedrun station if interested, Disentis-Mustér station has given us the wrong timetables).



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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:48 PM   #1208
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Passengers can board the train now, it is then moved so as the last wagon is adjacent to the loading ramp.



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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:49 PM   #1210
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We are approaching the end of the road.

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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:50 PM   #1211
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No more cars here.

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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:50 PM   #1212
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Oberalppass and lake.



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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:51 PM   #1213
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The road is on the left.

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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:51 PM   #1214
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The road is now a ski slope.

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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:52 PM   #1216
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Andermatt. Two of the three Gotthard tunnels (road and rail) are below here. The rail tunnel is more or less exactly below the railway station, the road tunnel some hundred metres more on the background.



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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:54 PM   #1217
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The N2 main road towards Göschenen and Zürich. The snow shelter continues as the Urnerloch tunnel, one of the first road tunnels in Switzerland (1709, 64 metres long, initially around 2.5 metres wide).

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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:55 PM   #1218
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Another very short tunnel.



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Old January 25th, 2011, 01:55 PM   #1219
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The snow shelter on the left is for the road, the one on the right for the railway.



I have divided the photos in many posts so as to force the forum to create a new page. I think it's more easily readable. The end
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Old January 25th, 2011, 02:06 PM   #1220
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Very nice report .
You have beautiful road sights, maybe one day I will drive a road like that.
How is it in summer?
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