The Golden Pass

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Chocolate, cheese, castles, and scenic views? This railway excursion has just about everything you could ever want. Known as the Chocolate Train, this line departs from the majestic shores of Lake Leman in Montreux along the Swiss riviera and concludes at the Chateau Gruyere. Passengers are given a tour of the local Cailler-Nestle Swiss Chocolate factory in Montreax where sampling the product is always encouraged. From here, a day-long trip will take you through the lush Swiss countryside to the Gruyere Cheese Company nestled in among the Swiss Alps. Riders are given plenty of time to explore the nearby castle and town as well as grab a lunch on their own. Again, riders can have their fill of samples and purchase their favorite varieties to take home. The engine of this fantasy train is a GDe 4/4 narrow gauge (1 meter) track Golden Pass model that pulls two fully restored 1915 Pullman cars behind it. The line also offers a modern car with panoramic views of the passing massifs. The passenger cars offer either two or four seated arrangements, and croissants and hot chocolate are included in the fare. Oh, train of my dreams — why are you half of a world away right now. For those fortunate souls who have the opportunity to experience this railway in person, please feel free to share your thoughts and pictures in the comments below. Click the button below to follow the blog for the next installment. All aboard!

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